Dance Summer Camps in San Luis Obispo

Discover, Learn, & Grow with the SLO Movement Arts Center this summer.  

Camps and intensives are designed to inspire a love of dance and theater and to provide a safe and stimulating environment for enrichment, fun, and study.   In many camps no experience is necessary, so they can be used as a springboard to further dance experiences, as a adjunct to any movement study or sport, or as an intensive week of concentration on one aspect of dance or ballet, which makes it distinct from year long programs.

We had another great summer of Camps and Intensives.  Join our mailing list and check back in the Spring for next year's offerings.

2019 Summer Camps and Intensives

Advanced Ballet Summer Intensive (Two Week Intensive)

Ages 8-12

July 15th - 29th

9:00 - 1:00


This special 2 week intensive concludes in a performance of Carnival of the Animals with the professional Festival Mosaic orchestra on Monday July 29th at 10:00am in Cuesta College's CPAC.  

Improve your technique, expand your range, and enhance your performance abilities all while training on the Central Coast of California. This year's Intensive culminates in a special performance with the Festival Mozaic professional orchestra. On July 29th at 10:00am students of the Movement Arts Center and Movement Arts Collective will grace the stage in a special performance of Carnival of the Animals. So, in addition to daily ballet class, (pre)pointe, contemporary, and conditioning, this intensive will include choreography and performance.

Ballet Adventure Camp

Ages 5-9

Session 1 July 29 - August 2, Session 2 August 12 - 16

9:00 - 12:00


Whether your child's been involved in dance or is looking to get started, this camp will help open their eyes to the art form and teach them the basics of the technique. The day begins with ballet followed by a break.  Arts and crafts are used to teach the rich powerful history of ballet, with dancers making their own stories and designing their own costumes.  Thereafter we get back to moving with stretching and conditioning followed by choreography to be shown to parents at the end of the week.

Advanced Ballet Intensive

Ages 13-18

August 5th - 9th



Designed for advanced classical ballet students with at least 3 years of ballet training and one year of pointe.  The day will begin with a fast paced and fun warm-up, conditioning, and a stretching session.  This is followed by an hour and a half ballet technique class, pointe work, and variations.  During the lunch break dancers will receive lectures on dancer health, participate in informative video sessions, and watch films of inspiring dancers and performances.  The day concludes with a session of Neo-Classical choreography in preparation for the end of the week showing.

Advanced Ballet Intensive

Ages 8 - 12

August 6th - 10th



Designed for intermediated to advanced students with at least 1 year of ballet training, this intensive aims to solidify foundational technique in preparation for pointe work. Dancers’ days will begin with a warm-up, dance specific conditioning, and stretching, this is followed by a ballet class and pre-pointe or pointe technique. During lunch such topics will be discussed as injury prevention and anatomy. Days end with Neo-Classical variations and choreography in preparation for the end of the week showing.

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