The dance studio inside Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Vera Lea Rinker Hall was alive with the sound of music Tuesday as a troupe of Summer Dance Camp students moved rhythmically around the room under their teacher’s direction.
As the young dancers raised their arms and readied their feet for musical flight, PBA dance instructor Ivy Canapa watched keenly, correcting their form and style where necessary before they leaped into action.
“What’s on the schedule today?” asked West Palm Beach parent Erin Andrews of her daughter Mia, 7 as she dropped her off for camp.
“I think it’s Jazz, Modern, Ballet,” chimed in another enthusiastic camper before Mia could reply.
Andrews, a former dance teacher, said PBA’s summer offering is her daughter’s first experience with a dance camp. It was “highly recommended by friends,” and she had heard “great things about Ms. Ivy,” from other mothers with children who had previously attended.
“Mia comes home happy every day,” said Andrews, noting that she’s enjoying it so much that she’s considering enrolling her in the University’s Dance Preparatory classes this fall.
The three-week Summer Dance Camp program kicked off June 4 and runs through June 22 and offers classes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in ballet, modern dance, jazz and tap primarily to students ranging in age from seven to 11.