This week was beyond busy! Not only was the staff preparing for a weekend of solo auditions, coordinating plans for recording week, but we had a holiday day off smack-dab in the middle of the week! Most of the staff and students were pretty thrown off when Thursday rolled around. Nevertheless, it was still a fun week! Stageteam/Turquoise dance team officially finished learning every single one of their songs, enjoyed their last crazy day, showed their spirit during their last colors day, and got ready for all of the changes that are ahead in the two following weeks. We’ve had a lot of fun these past four weeks, and can’t believe it’s already time to make all of our vocal recordings for our showcase. Time to get down to some serious business.
This short video features Stageteam highlights from all week, announcing the silver note section winners and Kids of the Week (KOW), Sapphire dance rehearsal, and one cheer class. Sorry for the lack of other classes – time really got away this week!
This week’s crazy day was Show Song Day – there were so many cute, creative outfits that were interpretations of our show songs, but this one had to be the most hilarious. Spencer dressed up as “The Dawn” for You’re the Inspiration. Too funny!
A little extra KU knowledge: Every Friday in Stageteam we draw a “Kid of the Week” from all of the Responsibility Cards earned from each section that week – they can earn them by doing well during their classes, showing a little extra effort, singing, having straight arms, showing good character, etc. The number of cards earned in each section counts toward points for the weekly running total. (The team with the most points wins the coveted Silver Note flag for the following week, gets a free treat from the snack bar, and gets to leave early the entire week following). One KOW is drawn from each section and earns 75 points for their team just for showing up to camp. From that week’s KOWs, a KOW Supreme is drawn. They earn 100 points for their team and they receive a gift card from Jamba Juice!
Week three was all about finishing learning dance numbers, and perfecting the pieces we already knew. Since we know a ton in Stageteam and Bronze singing classes, we incorporated more competitions and games into our activities. It’s impressive to see how much the kids are improving in their dance classes as well as making progress in their arts and crafts classes!
This video features bits from Stageteam, combined Bronze Singing classes on Crazy Hair Day, Art class, Sport Court playing ultimate frisbee, Rock Band/Wii dance, Craft Creations, lunch break, Diamond Dance rehearsal, Dance Wizards, Dance Explorers B learning African, Dance Technique, and Ruby Dance rehearsal.
What a busy week! This video includes lots of Stageteam, which is every student’s first class of the day. The video showcases a few dances we practiced on our opening day, Crazy Shirt Day, as well as Show Your Colors Day. The video also features a Bronze singing class, Gold/Platinum singing, Emerald dance, Garnet dance, Ruby dance, and Diamond Tap auditions. Also shown is the backbone of our showcase and camp: our Office Operations and our talented Costume Seamstresses!
It’s here; the first week has come and gone in a flash! Opening day of camp was full of spirit and smiles and ended up being Stageteam’s best opening day ever! This week was all about new friends, getting used to schedules and switching classes throughout the day, and of course, FUN! Some dance teams got down to business and ended up completing an entire dance number in their classes, and Stageteam mastered six whole songs––impressive stuff! Auditions for Platinum, our specialty singing group, and Diamond, our specialty dance group were held and teams were selected. We are all looking forward to their awesome pieces this year.
Meanwhile in Enrichment classes: students explored the world of break dancing in Hip Hop, learned about jazz combinations, created fancy gifts and t-shirts in Art, and learned how to project clearly and loudly in Drama. Some worked on perfecting their posture, turns, and leaps in Technique, others got a handle on rhythm in Rock Band, while kids got wild and crazy outside in both Water World and Sport Court.
While this week may have had a few hiccups, it ended up being successful with the help of our awesome staff and understanding kids. Any confusion students may have faced taught them to problem solve their way out of the situation to figure out what they should do or who they should ask for help. A day at camp, especially after the first day, is truly a sight to see as kids as young as 7 and 8 years old learn how to manage their time wisely, interact with others they’ve never met, and take direction. With the first week experience behind them, we look forward to seeing each student grow into stronger, more focused performers in the weeks to come. After all, the focus on the journey toward an end goal (in this case, the camp process preparing for our showcase) is what KU camp is all about.
THE CAMP is devoted to training kids between the ages of 7 and 18 in the artistry and performance of singing, dancing, acting and most everything pertaining to the arts. In late spring, as many as two hundred kids are evaluated and their skills assessed in the primary performance areas of singing and dancing. Eight dance teams and five singing teams are then formed from the many skill levels of the students. For the next six weeks, with the able instruction of a staff of highly trained, experienced professionals, the KU students participate in daily performance classes and workshops in singing, dancing and acting plus a wide variety of eleven exciting elective classes of their choosing.
This year we’re excited to offer:
- Dance Technique (New!)
- Sport Court (New!)
- Craft Creations (New!)
- Water World (New!)
- Hip Hop (New!)
- Jazz (New!)
- Game Guru (New!)
- Team KU (New!)
- Dance Explorers
- Dance Wizards
- Rock Band
- Solo Workshop
- Memory Makers
After camp is finished, six weeks of hard work is topped off by putting on a fabulous Broadway-Caliber show at the Redding Civic Center. A professional recording of their amazing singing is made for the show and professional lighting and sound is engaged to ensure a nearly flawless production. Voices, faces and feet are polished and perfected before the opening night’s curtain. Such intoxicating excitement is hard to describe to anyone who has not seen a KU show firsthand! The memories, the life lessons, the teamwork, the self-esteem and the confidence that each performer experiences this summer will not be forgotten.