If we were to simply trace highs and lows on any particular day of our life, we might find we're happier at home on the couch. But a day at home on the couch will quickly be forgotten, while we'll enthusiastically re-tell "this one time at dance camp" stories for decades (sorry everyone!). Moments are not created equal. This is a simple, even obvious, insight, but in many aspects of life, we ignore it completely.
And moments matter. The Heath brothers' research suggests that our most positive moments share four traits in common:
- Elevation - moments of elevation lift us out of the ordinary and inspire emotions such as joy, delight, and a deep sense of engagement (think horseback riding in the rain through the mountains).
- Insight - moments of insight rewire our understanding of ourselves or our world. These are epiphanies, realizations, and "aha!" moments (think being in a dance class, kayak or team meeting and shifting your perception from fear to love).
- Pride - moments of pride capture us at our best, achieving things we weren't sure were possible, or being recognized by other people for our work or our talents (think choreographing your own solo for American Dance Idol and getting the opportunity to perform it in our show).
- Connection - moments of connection deepen our ties to each other, sometimes in personal relationships and sometimes in groups that bond by virtue of struggling together toward a common goal (think team events, meetings and "camp fires"... and working to empower each other with our "pay it forward wall").
So why choose a dance summer camp? And in particular ADTC? We understand what powerful moments are made of, and we're intentional about creating them. And we believe in core values that inspire us every day we wake up. Of course the best way to understand the ADTC difference is to attend a session with us, but we've done our best to identify four additional key elements that contribute to making American Dance Training Camps truly unique, and our summer camp experience one you'll remember for a lifetime. Select a box below to learn more!