But is ADTC Really Right for Me? (and is it worth the money?!)
If you're still wondering, please choose from the following:
Honest Answers to Tough Questions
ADTC isn't right for everyone. We've been sad to see a few negative reviews on yelp and we invite you to read them here. Please also read our responses and the 20+ positive reviews from real camper parents that, for reasons we don't understand, are "not recommended" by Yelp. Families also love us on Activity Hero and Facebook and our end-of-week parent surveys. And please visit our FAQs page for answers to our most commonly asked questions.
The True Value of Dance Camp
We believe the true value of dance camp is not in the dance skills learned, but in the life lessons, memories, and self-esteem gained. We believe the true value of dance camp is in the collaboration, creativity, outside-the-box thinking, and other socio-emotional skills you develop. These skills are in demand today and will be in demand in the future.
We believe overnight camp is a better place to learn these skills than school. And we believe dance camp is a safe place for girls to challenge any feelings of inadequacy that may plague them during the school year. Read more about the value of dance camp.
Happiness Lessons From Camp
We believe that happiness is a skill and not an in-born personality trait. And unfortunately, it's not a skill that most girls get to focus on enough during the school year. There are so many happiness lessons from camp because camp teaches skills to be content with whatever is going on for us, whether we like it or not. Kind of like yoga, camp is good for us. Read more about happiness lessons from camp.
Unplug to Check In
We believe that girls (well actually, all people) need a cell phone detox. Summer camp is a great excuse to unplug, go outside, jump in a lake or just sit around with new friends.
Sound boring? We think boredom fuels creativity. It is what leads campers to sing into hairbrushes at the top of their lungs with new friends and use every color in the rainbow pack of markers to write letters home.
We believe that intuitively everyone understands that too much time spent glued to our phone, tablet or computer is not good for us. Read more about ADTC's "healthy cell phone detox".
Our Zero Negativity Challenge
The ADTC community shares one simple, unifying mission: to empower girls to move to love. The "love" we're moving towards is our source of peace, joy, happiness, and a whole bunch of other "positive" emotions. Luckily, love isn't something external & elusive that we can "get" from the outside world. Love is internal and always available, we just have to choose it. It is a practice.
ADTC is a tight-knit, all-girl community where we have the "move" part DOWN! We dance, which is a practice of "love", but we also practice love as individuals and a community each and every day at camp with our "Zero Negativity Challenge" - read about it here.
Show Your True Colors
We like to say we live in "DiverCity" (yes - with a "c") at dance camp. Each and every week at each and every ADTC location, we create a pop-up "city" where campers and staff of different backgrounds, styles, perspectives, beliefs and competencies live as a community.
And while we all have a unique cultural lens through which we've been taught to view the world, our goal at camp is to understand our own and each others' competencies to create an environment that values differences. Read more about our culture & take our "True Colors" personality test!