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!

Dance & Learning Camps

The Salsa With Silvia Dance & Learning Camps – so much more than just dance camps!
Dance, learning, creating and playing!


  • Structured dance lessons (2 per day). Styles taught: ballet, creative movement, jazz, modern, tap, Latin, Bollywood. 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.
  • Spanish lessons (daily).
  • Education & storytelling (once a 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. Best work will win our arts & crafts contest at the end of every 2-week session. In addition during free play time students will color.
  • 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.
  • Spray park (summer camp only). Students visit a spray park once every week to cool down, play and enjoy the summer.
  • Recitals . Students will prepare a short performance to demonstrate the dance styles that they have been learning.
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ABOUT THE EDUCATORS & THE DANCE INSTRUCTORS

Our camps are lead by experienced educators in addition to the dance instructors and visiting teachers who focus on specialized activities such as music and Spanish. The main focus is to provide good care for your children while they continue their education and learn coordination, rhythm, music and dance on daily basis. Click to read more about our team.

CAMP THEMES & DANCE LESSONS FOCUS. Scroll down for pics & videos:

Our Spring and Summer camps focus on different themes of education and dance style. Depending on the theme, the students get to visit different locations for their field trips such as the Newseum, Air & Space Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Discovery Theater, The Zoo, National History museum and more. Here are some examples of our themes:

SESSION THEME: THE YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER – children have disposable cameras and take pics of what they do in camp during the session. In the end they create a collage to take home. DANCE STYLE FOCUS OF THE SESSION: Modern/Jazz & Latin.

THEATER FOR PRINCESSES & SUPER HEROES – throughout the session children will be working on creating a theater play with their favorite book/movie characters and will present at recital. DANCE STYLE FOCUS OF THE SESSION: Ballet/Contemporary & Latin.

IMAGINATION AT WORKS – prompted to use their imagination, students participate in activities like space exploration, cooking workshop, growing a plant, arts & crafts. DANCE STYLE FOCUS OF THE SESSION: Tap & Latin.

FOR THE LOVE OF ANIMALS – students learn about different animals through stories, dance, games, music, arts & crafts. DANCE STYLE FOCUS OF THE SESSION: Hip Hop & Ballet.

IS FOOD PROVIDED DURING THE DAY?

Breakfast and afternoon snack are provided. Parents bring lunch and additional snack in a clearly labeled lunch bag.

TENTATIVE DAILY SCHEDULE:

DROP OFF, MEET & GREET
BREAKFAST
CIRCLE TIME. Teachers and students discuss today’s planned activities.
OUTDOOR PLAY/ARTS AND CRAFTS/DANCE LESSON/FIELD TRIP TIME (Schedule varies daily).
LUNCH TIME
EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES: STORIES, READING, WRITING, DRAWING, SCIENCE
NAP/REST TIME FOR YOUNGER KIDS (optional per parents request or if child seems to be tired). Quiet activities (arts and crafts, stretching and more) for older kids.
A DAILY DANCE CLASS
SPANISH LESSON
MUSIC LESSON
FREE PLAY & DANCE (outdoor or indoor depending on weather).
RELAXING ACTIVITIES AND PICK UP TIME (calming down before going home)

  • Watch a dance performance (could be on TV or the instructors will do a demo)
  • Watch a short movie related to dance & music
  • Listen to music while drawing about their favorite dance or part of the day, etc.
  • Singing

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.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SPRING AND 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.

Spring Camp 2017. We had an amazing time! Full house, tons of activities and fun! See video: