(LEAMINGTON, ON) – Back by popular demand, The Bank Theatre is once again offering the Kids Dance and Hand Drumming Camp beginning July 24 and running until July 28, from 9:00am to 11:30am. The camp is open to kids aged 8 through 12 years.
This reasonably priced summer camp allows kids to enjoy dance and hand drumming while enjoying the freedom of expression through the arts with highly qualified instructors. The cost is $75 per child or $200 for three children from the same family.
The Bank Theatre welcomes back Janice Founk, who will be teaching hand drumming. Janice, now retired, taught music in elementary school, and saw drumming as an exciting possibility for older students, who were not as interested in singing.
She attended an African hand drumming workshop in the Toronto area, the first of several, and found herself immediately hooked. Founk has 15 years experience with successful children’s hand drumming groups in the public school system.
“Hand drumming is pure energy and fun. Anybody can do it,” Janice said.
The Bank Theatre also welcomes new instructor Dimitria Liovas, a grade 12 Cardinal Carter student with impressive dance credentials, including the Most Dedicated Dancer of the Year Award. Dimitria began dancing around the house soon after taking her first steps. Her friends and family were always moving around and dancing, so dance has played a pivotal role in her life.
“What I enjoy most about dancing, is that it allows the body to portray a message without speaking,” she said. “Whether that is happiness, confusion, or other emotions, the mind is free to explore movement with different space, shape, time and energy. Sometimes the only way to explain how you feel is by showing it.”
Liovas has won numerous first place awards at the Ontario Secondary School Dance Fest, as well as a choreography award. Additionally, she was elected junior MVP in both grades 9 and 10 at Cardinal Carter, followed by an award for Best Emotion on stage, a leadership award, and has been captain of the Cardinal Carter dance team for the past two years.