A Day in the Life of an ADTC Camper
Before we try to show you what a typical day at ADTC might look like, you should be aware that there really is no such thing. Yes, our dance camps are meticulously well organized, but they’re also fabulously flexible and you get to choose how you spend your free time! Maybe you want to enjoy the stunning mountain views on a hike one afternoon or indulge in a belly dance elective class the next? Or how about kayaking on Lake Tahoe at sunset and then strutting your stuff during Dance Idol Night? Your days at ADTC will be as unique as you are!
And no two camp sessions are ever the same. Which is, we suppose, the only “typical” thing about ADTC. One thing you can be sure of? Once you get in the groove, you won’t want to go home!
You’ll be woken up by your CEO at 7:20am. Time to get out of bed, clean up your room for inspection and get prepared for breakfast, warm-up and dance classes.
8:00am, 12:00pm & 5:30pm
You’ll be called to breakfast by hallway (free sit), lunch is with dance groups, and dinner is with teams. This allows you to mix with different friends at each meal & further expand your network!
MORNING REFLECTION & WARM-UP
8:45 – 9:-05am
Morning reflection is a relaxing time at the start of the day during which one CEO sets the tone for the day by making a thoughtful presentation. Morning reflection offers a positive start for the day and gets the entire camp thinking about values. All-camp warm-ups immediately follow.
9:15am – 1:45pm
ADTC operates on a rotating dance schedule with four 50-minute dance classes per-day (breaking for lunch). You will be given a dance group assignment on Monday morning, at which time you will receive your schedule.
2:00 – 4:45pm
For those campers not pre-registered for a field trip, sign up for on-campus afternoon activities takes place during lunch. Daily optional activities include (but are not limited to): outdoor team events, swimming, arts & crafts and elective dance/fitness/relaxation classes like yoga, zumba, breaking, etc.
4:45 – 5:30pm
Siesta is a 45-minute rest period after day activities and before dinner from 4:45 – 5:30pm. You can take a much-needed nap, read a book, write in your journal or work on arts & crafts – you just need to stay in your room (the canteen is open during Siesta in case you want to buy something).
6:30 – 7:15pm
Daily camp fires are discussions grouped by age and held after dinner (not necessarily by a camp fire) to explore girls’ issues like nutrition, competition, self-empowerment, friendship, technique & performance as well as dance history and culture.
OPEN STUDIO / CANTEEN / FREE TIME
7:15 – 8:00pm
Nightly open studio is a chance to meet with your dance teachers outside of class, go over routines & home your skills. Not feeling the need for more practice time? Head to the canteen or your hallway to enjoy some R & R with your friends and teammates before night activities.
ALL-CAMP NIGHT ACTIVITIES
8:00 – 9:15pm
Night activities are mandatory and usually revolve around a team event. Some ADTC favorites include American Dance Idol (where you choreograph & perform your own routines with your team), Dance Tech (friendly dance competitions in leaps, turns, trivia, strength & flexibility) & Field Night (outdoor events & relays).
CANTEEN / FREE TIME
9:15 – 10:00pm
The canteen will be open after night activities and before curfew & bedtime team meetings. Buy a healthy snack, ADTC souvenir or sweatshirt. Or use this time to take a shower, write a letter (yes – the “old fashion” way), do some laundry or unwind & relax with your new friends.
CURFEW & TEAM MEETING
Nightly curfew is at 10:00pm (earlier for 8 & 9 year olds) followed by a team meeting where you share thoughts and counselors provide positive closure on the day. Lights out is 10:45pm SHARP.