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Guelph Dance

Summer Camps

Our summer camp is a great way for children to have a fun and engaging week exploring the Arts.

Summer Arts Explosion Camp :: River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St., Guelph

Week 1- July 2nd – 5th, 2019 for campers born 2010-2014 (Jk-Gr 3 in June) ** note this is a four date week

Week 2- July 8th-12th, 2019 for campers born 2010-2014 (Jk-Gr 3 in June) *** there is only space left for children finishing JK and SK

Week 3- July 15th-19th, 2019 for campers born 2006-2014 (JK-Gr. 7 in June)*

Dance, music, Visual Art, Theatre and Mindfulness, Yoga and Story Creation taught by exceptional teaching artists. Different offerings each week.

Dance Focus Summer Camp:: River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St., Guelph

Week 1- July 2nd -5th, 2019 ** note this is a four date week

Dance Focus is an intensive dance camp for those with at least two years of dance experience. Campers born 2009-2005 (Gr 4-8) Dance workshops encourage creative breadth and skill, while visual arts training provides another artistic perspective.

Performance Focus Summer camp :: River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St., Guelph

Week 4- July 22nd-26th, 2019 for campers born 2005-2010 (Gr 3-Gr. 8)

Performance Focus is a camp for our older campers. It is a multi-arts extravaganza incorporating dance, theatre, music, song, and set design and construction. Campers will create a contemporary and socially relevant production.  Campers will be grouped by age and experience to work with our teaching artists on different aspects of the production. This week will culminate in a showing of the production at 4pm on the Friday afternoon of camp.

Counsellor in Training Program :: River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St., Guelph

Week 2 – July 8th-12th, 2019 born 2006 (Gr 8 in June)

Week 3 – July 15th-19th, 2019 born 2006 (Gr 8 in June)

These are a fun-filled weeks of professional artist mentorship, leadership skill-building, and hands-on volunteering with young campers. A terrific opportunity for youth aged 13 (Gr 8) interested in gaining leadership experience in a camp and arts environment.

The CIT program aims to:
– instill, encourage, and foster healthy leadership skills
– encourage team work
– to educate youth about teaching the arts
– to build confidence


Registration coming soon

$255/week (sibling discount 5%)  Register here.

$205/week (sibling discount 5%) for July 2nd – 5th, 2019 ** note this is a four date week

9:30-3:30 (scheduled arts activities)

Pre-camp care:
8:30-9:30 (free and optional)

Post-camp care:

Additional post-camp care:
4:30-5:30 pm ($25/week – Mon-Thurs only)

July 2nd-July 5th, 2019 ($20/week -Tue-Thurs only)

Friday Open house:
4:00 pm (for family and friends)

Typical Schedule:
A typical day starts with campers arriving between 8:30-9:30 am, during which time, there is supervised play in the Co-Operator’s Hall. The scheduled arts activities begin at 9:30, typically two activities before lunch and two activities after lunch. Lunch is supervised in the Canada Company Hall and followed by supervised outdoor play. Because we go outside, please ensure your child has adequate clothing for a variety of weather situations. Scheduled arts activities wrap up at 3:30, and campers can be picked up between 3:30-4:30 pm. Those children who are signed up for additional post-camp care can be picked up before 5:30 pm. On Friday, there is a showing in the Co-Operator’s Hall for family and friends, where the campers demonstrate some of the things they have learned during the week. All artwork can be taken home at that time. Check out our video showcasing some camp highlights!

Subsidies: Guelph Dance offers full and partial subsidies for those in need. Please contact Leslie Fisher for more details.

Camps fill up fast, so we recommend early registration!

*Campers will be grouped by age to experience age-appropriate arts activities

What to Bring to Camp

Please ensure your child brings the following items to camp each day:

  • A nut-free lunch & two nut-free snacks
  • A labelled water bottle
  • Loose-fitting clothing that allows for freedom of movement and possible paint stains
  • Weather-appropriate clothing: part of lunch hour will be spent outside, so children may get muddy, snowy or wet – and anything in between.

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