Kids can dance away the summer at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

Special to Black Mountain News
Elementary aged campers take a break from dance and music activities at last year’s half-day camp to Black Mountain Center for the Arts.

Since 2014, Black Mountain Center for the Arts teacher, dancer and choreographer Amy Maze has been orchestrating summer camps. With the end of the school year approaching, registration for the upcoming offerings is underway.

Super Spectacular Summer Camp begins Monday, June 24 and offers campers four weeks of themed half-day camps for children ages 3-9. Preschool aged children have a chance to perform Under the Big Top or don a cape with superheroes.

Elementary aged children step back in time with Dancing Through the Decades or explore musical theatre with On Broadway.

“I love summer camp,” Maze said. “It is so great to see returning campers and all the new faces come together and have a week full of learning, fun and friendship.”

Maze leads the dance portion of the day and musicians Kylie Brown and Jennifer Anderson lead the music portion. Campers split the morning between music and dance with a little down time for snack and craft activities that reinforce the camp’s theme.

Family and friends are invited to a performance on the last day of camp.

Half-day camp is an opportunity for parents to spend the morning getting errands done, or for grandparents to recharge their batteries while the little ones have fun away from home.

“I’m always so impressed with what campers soak up in that short week,” Maze said, “and how proud they are of themselves at the end of the performance.”

This year’s camps are June 24-28, July 8-12, July 15-19 and July 29 - Aug. 2. The cost for all camps is $125 per camper.

“Each week gives campers a chance to let their creativity flourish," Maze said. 

During the school year Maze teaches seven dance classes a week to students ages 3 to 16 along with special classes for the BMCA Dance Troupe, a group of dancers who want performance opportunities throughout the year.

To showcase what the dancers have learned, BMCA proudly features their work with a Spring Dance Showcase to be held at 11 a.m. in the Owen Middle School auditorium Saturday, June 1. Tickets for the showcase are only $5 and can be purchased with cash at the door or by calling BMCA prior to Saturday.

Each class has a special dance they will perform for the community, parents and friends. In between, the Dance Troupe made up of 23 dancers between the ages 6-15, will perform a series of dances choreographed for small groups in a wide variety of styles.

The performance will conclude with the whole troupe performing together.

Maze has developed a strong relationship with Owen High School and director of the dance department Amanda Arrowood, who is the head coach of the Owen High Dance Team.

Students of Maze are often assisted by dance team members both during the school year but during summer camp. Maze’s students often join the High School Dance Team after they graduate middle school.

The Owen High Dance Team will get their chance in the spotlight during the Spring Showcase with four dances interspersed throughout the program.

For more information about Summer Camp or the Spring Dance Showcase call 669-0930.