Prince Albert teenagers putting on dance camp

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Two local teenagers are taking on a new challenge.

Danielle Dore and Melissa Grenier, two high school students from Prince Albert, will be putting on their own dance camp in the city this summer.

Danielle Dore, with the help of her assistant Melissa Grenier, are putting on a dance camp called Dazzlin’ Dancers this summer.

When Dore, 17, was looking for a summer job, she couldn’t find one that peaked her interest. An avid dancer, she decided to use her passion as an inspiration.

“I was planning on working at a camp so I decided to create my own because I thought I might get more interest and it might be something I liked doing,” Dore said.

“I dance, myself, at a dance studio in the city and then I teach and sub some classes on the nights I can,” she added. “In the fall I will be getting my own classes. I thought this would be a good starter for teaching dance.”

The dance camp, which accepted children from the ages of six to 10, focuses on jazz, hip-hop and lyrical dance, using tools such as crafts, videos and other dance-related activities to teach the youngsters.

Dore will be teaching the jazz and lyrical dance while Grenier will be taking on the hip-hop classes.

“Personally I am not experienced enough to teach the ballet because it is so in-depth and you need so many years of training to get a good perspective on it,” Dore said. “Lyrical and jazz are my personal favourites and I have been doing them the longest, as well you have more creativity in those areas.”

Dance is not just her passion. Dore said it is interesting and can still be a challenge even though she has been dancing since she was about 12 years old.

She hopes her passion for the craft will help inspire young dancers during the camp.

“At a studio, being a senior … the kids, you hear them talking in the change room that, ‘Those are the older girls’ and they want to be them,” she said. “Sometimes kids listen better to a babysitter who is closer to their age than someone who is older, so maybe things will sink in and they will learn more.”

Although she is hosting her own camp, Dore said there are many good camps around already.

“I just think P.A. doesn’t offer that many dance camps and I wanted to offer something that was non-controversial to all studios so that everybody in the city is welcome,” Dore said. “It is not held at a dance studio so that all students, dancers, even with one year experience are welcome to come.”

It will be held at the Healing Garden Spa, which is a neutral location.

The dance camp will also be unique because she will not be splitting the dancers into age categories -- instead they will all work together.

“Everybody is just coming as one,” Dore said. “It is everybody together to just be one and learn to work with younger as well as older, experienced and inexperienced dancers.

“I’ve been to dance camps where I am a less experienced dancer and I feel that maybe it is harder for the person,” she added. “This way, everybody (helps each other). The older girls will help the younger girls and the younger girls maybe will know something that the older girls don’t. It is just to learn from each other.”

The camp will run July 14-18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Healing Garden Spa. To register, email Dore at dazzlindancers@hotmail.com, call her at 306-930-8711 or check out the Facebook page Dazzlin’ Dancers.

Organizations: Prince Albert, Healing Garden Spa

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