American Dance Festival’s summer programs expose children to a range of dance styles – from hip-hop to jazz and contemporary – alongside local choreographers and internationally recognized guest dance troupes
By Renee Ambroso | Photography by John Michael Simpson
American Dance Festival offers summer camps for children ages 6 to 17 years old at its Samuel H. Scripps Studios on Broad Street. ADF’s Jennifer Scully-Thurston, who manages studio programming and community engagements, says the organization expects to host more than 100 campers this year, based on 2022 enrollment numbers.
ADF also partners with other troupes and guest instructors to plan specialized camps, like two weeklong “shadow” camps led by trailblazing dance company Pilobolus, a hip-hop focused week taught by Tatiana Desardouin (a self-described “artivist” and the choreographer and founder of Passion Fruit Dance Company) and a weeklong Ballet Hispánico camp. These programs are followed by three weeklong camp sessions that cover a range of dance styles – from modern and hip-hop to jazz and African – each day.
Find more area summer programs in our summer camps guide!