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Kathryn Roszak's Summer Dance Camp for Children and Teens

Our ninth annual Summer Dance Camp for Children and Teens (ages 4-13+) will take place for one week, July 17-21, 2017, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. This is a very popular program that includes Creative Movement, Ballet, and Tap for girls and boys.

Contact and Registration: 510-233-5550 or 510-439-7518 • kdance@sonic.net

This year's camp will be located at 1201 University Avenue (see map), at Curtis St. in Berkeley. This is at the new Shotgun Players Studios, and just a few blocks from North Berkeley BART. This is the same location for our regular Dance on Center program.

We offer a wonderful performing arts experience; children work on a family Open House performance at the end of camp on Friday.

Summer 2017 Camp Tuition

$425 for one week

(ask about sibling and early-bird discounts)

Tuition is due in full on or before the first day of attendance. There are no refunds, but at the Director's discretion, a credit for a later program or session may be given.

Please note: Parents need to provide lunch, snack, and drink. Please clearly label lunches, clothes and personal items. We are not responsible for lost items. On Friday we have an Open House performance followed by a potluck lunch.

Suggested class attire:
Creative Movement: Wear what is comfortable.
Girls taking ballet: leotard and tights with ballet slippers.
Boys taking ballet: tee shirt, tights and ballet shoes.
Tap: tap shoes available at SF Dancewear and Payless Shoes

The following article originally appeared in

Mercury Magazine
ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF THE PACIFIC - VOL. 42 NO. 4 AUTUMN 2013

Reaching Out: Dance Inspired by Astronomy and Physics Research
A dance/science summer camp turns magnetism into movement.

by Matt Fillingim

During the summer of 2013, for the fourth year in a row, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley partnered with Kathryn Roszak's Danse Lumière to offer a weeklong Dance/Science Summer Camp. Science, and astronomy in particular with its stunning visual beauty, has inspired art for a long time.

However, in this unique camp, it is movement that takes center stage. The motions that are evident in many aspects of astronomy and physics inspired the choreography and movement in dances created during the camp.

This collaboration started in the summer of 2010 by regular "Reaching Out" contributor Bethany Cobb, then a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley. (Bethany wrote about her initial collaboration with Kathryn Roszak's Danse Lumière during 2009's Year of Astronomy in the Winter 2010 issue of Mercury.) About the time Bethany left for a new position at George Washington University, I happened to run into Kathryn Roszak. In addition to discovering that our children were at the same school, and that we were both teaching at the University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (which Bethany also wrote about in the Summer 2010 issue), we also realized that we both knew Bethany. After a few conversations, I decided that I would try to fill the void left by Bethany and help with 2011's Dance/Science Camp. Since 2011's session was so successful, we decided to try to keep it going during the summer of 2012 and again this past summer (2013).

With materials and activities graciously loaned to me by colleagues at the UC Berkeley's Space Sciences Laboratory Center for Science Education, I worked with students ages 9 to 12, introducing them to the movement and dynamics found in many areas of current astronomy and physics research. Kathryn, a dancer, choreographer, and the artistic director of Danse Lumière, worked with the students to create dances inspired by what they saw. Near the end of the camp, the students themselves even had the opportunity to choreograph some of their own dances.

During the recent camps, many of the topics explored revolved around magnetism (since that is one of my areas of research). We discussed the dynamic magnetic field of the Sun as revealed by recent Solar Dynamics Observatory images, the effects of the Sun's magnetic field interacting with Earth's magnetic field to create the ethereal aurora borealis (northern lights), and comparisons of Earth's large, global-scale magnetic field with the localized, small-scale, "hidden" magnetic field of Mars. In addition, we talked about current theories regarding the formation of the Moon, and substantial time was devoted to the most cutting-edge and timely science -- the discovery of the Higgs Boson at the Large Hadron Collider. We even watched some footage from the webcast of the recent University of California panel explaining the findings.

After talking about these different topics, looking at data, pictures, and, of course, animations, the students were then encouraged to express what they saw in movement. The movements were incorporated into the dance choreography, and in some cases the students themselves developed the choreography. At the end of the week-long camp, and after much rehearsal, the students performed the pieces for their families and friends. As part of the final show there was also a performance -- inspired by the properties and motions of magnets -- created and developed by a professional dancer.

During its short four-year history, this Dance/Science Camp appears to have made a significant impact on the students' interest in astronomy (if parents' feedback is any indication). We hope that this camp will continue to grow in popularity, scope, and impact.

MATT FILLINGIM is a research scientist at the Space Sciences laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, and an adjunct instructor at Berkeley City College.

Star Dances

Visit the Star Dances page for more about Danse Lumière's earlier creative collaboration and first Dance/Science Camp with astronomer Bethany Cobb.

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Banner from Summer Dance Camp 2013 

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