2017 Summer Ballet Programs

Summer Ballet Programs

I'm pleased to present the Stapleton School's Summer 2017 programs. Our program includes some returning favorites as well as exciting new programs. Story Ballet Camp has been created to serve students in the Pre Ballet division: those that have outgrown Fantasy Camp but are seeking a fantasy/story ballet-inspired camp experience. Last year's Coppelia Performance Workshop for dancers ages 8-12 was extremely popular and this year we will present A Midsummer Night's Dream. For advanced dancers, our ongoing educational study of Balanchine continues with this summer's classic intensive, The Cinematic Dance Connection, an exploration of ballet, modern and musical theatre classics.

Registration for all programs is on a first-come, first served basis. All camps require a $100 nonrefundable deposit at time of enrollment. Camps are restricted by size in order to maintain teacher-to-student ratios that insure quality instruction and a meaningful experience. I encourage you to register early and look forward to seeing you in the studio this summer.

Virginia Stapleton, Founder/Artistic Director

Fantasy Ballet Camp

Fantasy Ballet Camp

(ages 3-5)

This popular camp provides a wonderful exploration of dance, music and art in a creative and intimate environment. We are offering five weekly sessions, each with a special theme and activities based on Virginia Stapleton's unique curriculum infused with ballet classics. Camp is led by Miss Megan and others from our nurturing and experienced staff, assisted by teen dancers. Each day, our little dancers enjoy class, story time, arts and crafts, snack time and more! Costumed characters come to life, visiting camp to perform and interact with the children. At the end of each week, parents enjoy a captivating performance. Campers are divided into two groups based on age; the small group size (maximum 10 campers) enhances your child's experience. Note: Must be 3 years old on or before March 1, 2017. Students turning 3 between March 2 and June 30 accepted on trial basis only.

Fee: $250 (per session)
Meets: 9:00 am to 12 Noon
Location: Stapleton School, 1879 Second St., San Rafael
June 26–30:
Sleeping Beauty – A magical ballet about spells, fairies, one wicked fairy and a beautiful princess named Aurora.
July 10–July 14:  Nutcracker – Join Clara's adventure as her wooden toy comes to life and she goes on a wondrous journey to the enchanting land of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
July 17–21: Swan Lake – A beautiful princess named Odette is trapped in an evil sorcerer's spell, stuck as a swan until true love can free her.
Aug 7–11:  Cinderella – The tale of Cinderella, her wicked stepsisters, her fairy godmother, a glass slipper, a handsome prince, and a happy ending!
August 14–18: Fairies & Princesses – Be inspired by some of ballet's most special characters: Aurora, the Lilac Fairy, Cinderella, Odette and the Sugar Plum Fairy!

Story Ballet Camp – NEW for 2017

(ages 6-8)

This exciting new program is for young dancers, ages 6-8 years, who are inspired by fantasy and want an in-depth camp experience. This week-long exploration of a classic ballet story allows them to explore the plot, setting and characters; and collaborate to create a short performance inspired by the ballet. Daily ballet class and fantasy games will further their skills in ballet technique in a creative and engaging way. Each day we will have a different project to embellish our understanding of the ballet story, such as painting scenery, weaving tutus or making props- all in preparation for the production on the final day. It will be a magical week, sure to capture the creative spirit of your young dancer.

Fee: $250 (per session)
Meets: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Stapleton School, 1879 Second St., San Rafael
July 17:
Firebird – A riveting tale of a prince, a princess, an evil sorcerer and a magical creature!
August 7: A Midsummer Night's Dream – Fairies, pixies, potions and spells in a forest in summer!

Junior Ballet Intensive

Junior Ballet Intensive

(ages 8/9 & 10/11)

This unique program is designed for our middle range dancers, striving for a more rigorous and intensive camp experience. Dancers will refine their technique and maintain their strength through barre and center work, strengthening and pre-pointe exercises, and learning and creating new choreography. This program assists younger dancers as they transition into the ballet division and become more focused and dedicated dancers; and those that are pointe-ready or new to pointe. Each day, the two groups come together for a lecture/demonstration that will expand their knowledge about the world of dance, stagecraft, nutrition and wellness. Open to students entering Ballet 1 to Ballet 4 in fall 2017 (8-11 years). There will be two levels of instruction based on ability and age. Ideal for students who have been identified as near pointe-ready and those who have recently been placed en pointe, as it offers an intensive course of study to build pointe skills in preparation for the fall and Nutcracker season. A healthy snack is included each day.

Fee: $285 (per session)
Meets: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Stapleton School, 118 Greenfield Ave, San Anselmo
June 26–30:
Special Coed Intensive featuring guest instruction in Stage combat, Acting for the Dancer and more!
August 7–11: Emphasis on preparing for "Back to Ballet" and getting en pointe for fall.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Performance Workshop

Coppélia Performance Workshop

(ages 8–12)

Ballet students who wish to improve their skills and be part of a performance: this workshop is just for you. Enter the enchanted land of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, a lush forest besieged by feuding fairy kingdoms, awash with magic at every turn! This two-week production-centered workshop will culminate with a performance of the ballet adaptation of Shakespeare's tale, performed to a score created by Felix Mendelssohn. Each day we will break into two groups based on age and ability for a rigorous ballet class, followed by a pointe class for those en pointe and a pre pointe class for others.  We will work on choreography in skill-appropriate groups and then come together to work on the staging of this magical ballet.

Fee: $625
Meets: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Location: Stapleton School, 118 Greenfield Ave., San Anselmo
Session: July 10–July 21

Performance: Friday, July 21
Time: TBA
Location: TBA

Flexibility & Conditioning Camp

Flexiblity and Conditioning Camp

(ages 11 & up)

Flexibility and conditioning are essential components to success in any physical pursuit. Whether dancing to classical or modern, playing sports or doing gymnastics, you will benefit from this innovative program which combines a 30 minute cross fit session at Ross Valley CrossFit with classes in Yoga, Floor Barre© and Body Therapy. Strengthen your core, lengthen and stretch your muscles and reduce stress. At the end of the week dancers will be more fit, have improved overall flexibility, and be equipped with the knowledge to continue this work on their own.

Fee: $235 (per session)
Meets: 1:00-4:00 pm
Location: Stapleton School, 118 Greenfield Ave. & Ross Valley CrossFit, 34 Greenfield Ave., San Anselmoo
Sessions: July 17-21 and Aug 14-18