Salsa With Silvia 4 Kids

After school & weekend dance classes, dance camps and parties for kids in Columbia Heights, DC – Latin dance, ballet, modern, creative movement, jazz and more; kids learn to dance through fun & games!

Our Dance & Learning Camps. Best memories ever!

The Salsa With Silvia Dance & Learning Camps – so much more than just dance camps!

  • Structured dance lessons (2 per day). Styles taught: ballet, creative movement, jazz, modern, tap, Latin, hip hop. Every dance lesson begins with a fun warm up.
  • Outdoor time (every day). Kids are involved in structured outdoor games such as obstacle course and more. Once a week the students will visit a spray park.
  • Music & singing lessons: singing & musicality (at least twice a week).
  • Spanish lessons.
  • Education & storytelling (once a day, every day): letters, numbers, reading, students read at home and share a story. Once a week students visit Walls of Books for story time.
  • Arts & crafts: students work on a special project every day all week long and take it home on Friday.
  • Free play and rest time (every day). Younger students will take a nap or rest. Older students will play quiet games, read stories, listen to quiet music. Free play is also allowed at the end of the day in after care.
  • Field trips. Students will visit theater and other performances, museums, dance schools, and more fun locations.
  • Recitals. Students participate in designing their own recital by selecting their favorite style of dance and songs they want to perform to. They will prepare a short performance to demonstrate the dance styles that they have been learning.

SPRING CAMP 2017 VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

SUMMER CAMP 2017 – Imagination At Works Session

Our summer camp is divided in 2-week sessions and each session has a theme. For the Imagination At Works session, out students acted in a green screen video shoot and they got to use their imagination to meet their favorite movie characters and travel around the World.

PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS SUMMER CAMP 2017

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Campers go to a field trip once a week. Each field trip is planned according to the session's theme. In this photo the campers were headed to the National Portrait Gallery in light of the "Young Photographer" session theme.

Campers go to a field trip once a week. Each field trip is planned according to the session’s theme. In this photo the campers were headed to the National Portrait Gallery in light of the “Young Photographer” session theme.

Summer campers visit the National Portrait Gallery in light of the "Young Photographer" session theme.

Summer campers visit the National Portrait Gallery in light of the “Young Photographer” session theme.

Summer campers visit the Newseum in light of the "Young Photographer" session theme.

Summer campers visit the Newseum in light of the “Young Photographer” session theme.

Story time and Spanish lessons are part of our daily curriculum.

Story time and Spanish lessons are part of our daily curriculum.

Summer campers visit the Newseum in light of the "Young Photographer" session theme.

Summer campers visit the Newseum in light of the “Young Photographer” session theme.

Fun and educational games at the Salsa With Silvia dance & learning camps.

Fun and educational games at the Salsa With Silvia dance & learning camps.

Every two-week session ends with a recital that the campers help plan. In this photo the kids wear costumes in light of the "Theater for princesses and super heroes" session theme.

Every two-week session ends with a recital that the campers help plan. In this photo the kids wear costumes in light of the “Theater for princesses and super heroes” session theme.

Our summer campers go to a spray park every week.

Our summer campers go to a spray park every week.

Our instructors are creative in so many different ways, including face painting, theater, music, singing, dancing and a lot more.

Our instructors are creative in so many different ways, including face painting, theater, music, singing, dancing and a lot more.

Every child at our camps gets personal attention and great care by our certified and experienced teachers.

Every child at our camps gets personal attention and great care by our certified and experienced teachers.

Camp teacher Mr. Mario engages campers in a miming in light of Theater session.

Camp teacher Mr. Mario engages campers in a miming in light of Theater session.

Campers act in a green screen video shoot and use their imagination to meet their favorite characters and travel the World. The final video is posted on this page. This activity was part of the "Imagination At Works" session.

Campers act in a green screen video shoot and use their imagination to meet their favorite characters and travel the World. The final video is posted on this page. This activity was part of the “Imagination At Works” session.

Our summer campers do arts & crafts activities every day.

Our summer campers do arts & crafts activities every day.

Imagination At Works Session - campers visit the National Museum of History and Julia Child's kitchen.

Imagination At Works Session – campers visit the National Museum of History and Julia Child’s kitchen.

A giant boat created by students and teachers made out of cardboard boxes that we asked the parents to bring. The boat was used as a decor for the Imagination At Works recital.

A giant boat created by students and teachers made out of cardboard boxes that we asked the parents to bring. The boat was used as a decor for the Imagination At Works recital.

FAQs

What is the adult to student ratio?

We plan staffing based on registration for session/week. That is why it is important for us to know which week(s)/days you plan to attend. We will have 2-3 early childhood educators with a class of up to 15 kids (that’s the maximum capacity of the camp). The group will be split in 2 for certain activities (dance, arts and crafts, rest time) depending on age. In addition 1 or 2 dance instructors will be coming in every day to work with the kids on the dance activities planned for the day.

Will the class be separated in different age groups?

Yes, depending on registration, the class will be split in two: 4 to 5 year olds and 6 to 7 year olds. The separation will only take place for certain activities like dance, arts and crafts, rest time.

Where do the kids play during the outdoor time?

The nearest park, located only a block away from our facility, is located on Irving St. and Georgia Ave. NW. It has a small playground but a large open outdoor space and shaded area, perfect for the hot summer weather. The kids will enjoy not only free play time but also structured outdoor activities such as obstacle courses, jumping on beat, free dance, counting the beat in Spanish & French and more. Another location, walking distance, that we will use is a park located on 11th and Monroe.

How do you keep an eye on our kids when outdoors?

Each child will wear our summer camp t-shirt when going outside. The kids will be accounted for on the way out of our facility and before we head back.

What form of transportation do you use if they go on field trips?

Each parent must sign a release form for each field trip. The form describes the day of the trip, the location and the type of transportation. We will use public transportation if the field trip is accessible and we will rent a van or small bus if the location is not accessible by public transportation.

What are some of the field trips?

Sprinkle parks, swimming pool, performances, theater, kids dance shows, library, museums visits and more.

What types of dance will the kids be involved in and for how long?

Each day the kids have 2 structured dance sessions (40 min each) and are exposed to one or two different styles of dance. The styles we teach are ballet, Latin dance, creative movement, modern, tap, jazz, hip hop, Bollywood and more. During the week the kids design their recital by selecting their favorite styles and songs that they learned to dance to. We will be bringing in live dance performances to the camp and we will be watching short dance movies for the kids to get inspired. Recital is every last Friday of the two-week session.

What is the goal of the dance & learning program?

The dance program during the summer is mainly designed to be fun but also very educational. The kids learn the different dance styles through games. For example, they do games where they learn to recognize the rhythm of the different dance styles. They use musical instruments and props like egg shakers, tambourines, scarves and magic wands to learn the music beat. So, we learn not only dance but we explore different styles of music and rhythm. Because it is hard for young kids to focus on dance for more than 80 minutes a day, we are adding many other activities such as singing & musicality, arts & crafts, outdoor time, counting, spelling, French and English lessons, science, story telling and more. We’ll have an art contest every two-week session and the winner will get a prize after the session recital. We inspire the kids creativity by engaging them in simple science experiments and teach them how things work. The overall goal of the program is to continue challenging the students brains while keeping them active and having fun.

Are there special clothing requirements?

The only requirement for clothing is for our ballet activities. Each child should have a pair of ballet slippers that they can leave at our studio. Tights and leotards for girls are also preferred.

What if I am only registered for a week prior to a recital, can my child still participate?

Yes, the dance routines that will be performed will not be long and difficult to memorize. Remember, we want to avoid kids feeling intimidated and we want them to enjoy it. The little kids recitals will be guided by the dance instructor the entire time.