Have a little twirling ballerina at home? Then you’ll LOVE these new summer opportunities from St. Paul’s School for Girls’ Dance Elan program. I had the pleasure of meeting Artistic Director Diane Webbert this evening at the TotSwap — who is not only enthusiastic about the program, but really darn nice, too.

Personally, I’m excited about their Parent-Child Dance Me a Story Time program this summer for girls ages 2-3. It runs from 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM, Monday July 11th through Friday, July 15th. Designed to inspire appreciation for dance, the program explores classical children’s stories, dance, cognitive listening skills, gross motor skills and imagery. All for just $30.

If your daughter is a bit older and is interested in beginning dance, the Petit Elan program might be for her! It runs from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Monday, June 20th through Friday, June 24th. This program is designed for ages 4-6 and runs $45 for the week.

But the BEST deals of all are their dance camps for girls ages 5-18. Each of these intense week-long dance camps are $400 each. If you visit the TotSwap this weekend and register while you are there at the Dance Elan table, the camps are only $300. Additionally, if you book the camp before May 1, 2011, you can receive before and after camp care for FREE. Did we mention that your camp fee includes a provided lunch?

The Children’s Workshop
June 20 – 24, 2011
9 AM – 3:00 PM
Ages 5-10

A workshop designed specifically to develop students’ love for dance. Daily instruction given in ballet and tap. Students also enjoy classes in musical theatre dance, jazz, hip hop, tumbling, French and yoga.

The Dancer’s Boot Camp
August 15 – 19, 2011
10 AM – 5:00 PM
Ages 14-18

Join them for an intense week of classes designed to increase endurance, flexibility, and strength. Daily classes will be given in pilates, classical ballet, and Modern-Horton technique. In addition, classes will be offered in jazz, repertoire, and dance appreciation.

June Dance Intensive
July 11 – 15, 2011
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ages 10-14

Join them for a fun and active week of classes designed to emerge students in the world of dance. Daily classes will be given in ballet and jazz. Additional enrichment provided through Hip Hop, musical theatre dance, and dance appreciation.