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ROOTS 2019 Summer Camps Are HERE!
Learn Next-Level Skills, Make New Friends, & Have a TON of Fun at ROOTS Academy this Summer
Why do we love summer camps so much? At ROOTS, we get excited about hosting your children for the summer because we know how much fun they'll have and the exceptional techniques they'll learn -- but more importantly, we know that encouragement, challenges and inspiration are critical to the personal development of each child. We put together an exciting catalog because we know that summer camps... 
  • Help build self-confidence and self-esteem
  •  Increase independence and leadership skills
  •  Foster friendships and social skills with opportunities to work in teams
  •  Provide a spirit of adventure and willingness to try new things
  •  Feature friendly, enthusiastic teachers who are background-checked and experts in their field
  •  Cover a concentrated exploration of the camp topic
  •  Include interactive activities that involve the body and mind and teaching approaches that work well for different learning styles
  •  Feature age-appropriate material
  •  Provide invaluable performance opportunities
“I had a lot of fun learning new techniques and something different every day! I made a lot of friends at camp that I see every week in dance classes now, which makes me look forward to coming even more!”
- Jaden, ROOTS student
2019 Summer Dance Camps
Camp Dance
This is a technique camp designed for beginner & intermediate dancers. Students will take classes in an encouraging and non-competitive environment. Dancers with little to no prior dance experience are encouraged to attend this camp! Classes will focus on: Ballet technique, Jazz skills and combos, Hip Hop combos, contemporary and lyrical movements, strength and conditioning, flexibility, and more.
June 24-28, 2019
GoTumble Workshops
A two-day tumbling workshop designed for beginners and advanced tumblers. Students will learn exercises that strengthen stamina, flexibility and the muscles needed to properly execute skills. The beginner workshop will work on the fundamentals of walkovers, aerials and back handsprings. The advanced workshop will work on front and side aerials, back handsprings, back tucks and more.  
August 12-13, 2019 or August 19-20, 2019
Princess Dance Camp
You are cordially invited to attend a royally exciting week of Princess Dance Camp where your little one will gather with friends and mentors to create fun crafts, learn dances, and what it means to be a princess. The week will be full of crafts, dancing, and tumbling as they learn choreography to hand-selected, meaningful songs.
Choose from one of three sessions:
June 10-14, June 24-28, or July 22-26, 2019
Summer Intensive
This is an advanced camp. The ROOTS Dance Intensive is for any dancer with 2-3 years of experience who is looking to accelerate their skills and experience in a focused and fun setting. Many dancers who attend our week-long intensive are planning to audition for our Competition and Performance Company teams. These groups feature our most advanced dancers of each age group and represent ROOTS in public performances and competitions. If you have been considering ROOTS Dance Company, this intensive is the perfect opportunity to see if you’re ready. Students who are interested in Company will be evaluated during the week by the Dance Director, Saskia Harmon, and the dance mentor team.
July 9-12, 2019
Preschool Boogie Camp
Looking for a week of fun, dance, and more? Look no further. ROOTS Preschool Boogie Dance camp is the perfect opportunity for your child to experience different styles of dance including ballet, jazz, tap and more! Everyday will have a different craft, games and more fun! Must be potty trained to attend camp. Come boogie with us!
July 15-19 & August 19-23, 2019
Aerial Silks Camp
Join us for the debut of Aerial Silks at ROOTS Academy! This camp is an intro course into the strength, flexibility and creativity of aerial silks and acrobatics. Aerial silks is a type of performance in which one or more artists perform aerial acrobatics while hanging from a special fabric. Students will learn the basic technique of aerial silks in conjunction with the strength and flexibility training of acro and tumbling. Space is very limited, so register now for an unforgettable experience! 
June 17-21, 2019
Ballet Intensive
This three-day intensive is perfect for any dancer looking to challenge your technique, further development, and wrap up their summer dance training just in time for the Fall season to begin. Open to any dancer with 2 or more years of ballet training.
August 14-16 & August 21-23, 2019
Hip Hop Camp
Students will learn the basic movements of hip hop and learn to freestyle and self-choreograph. The skills they’ll have a blast learning will help them on and off the dance floor as they gain confidence to conquer new challenges. Students will even star in their very own music video! Taught in an open and non-competitive atmosphere, students will get a great workout while learning fun and upbeat moves to their favorite songs. No experience necessary!
June 10-14, 2019 or July 15-19, 2019
Broadway Triple Threat Camp
Join us in July for the ultimate week-long broadway experience! Students will work on learning choreography, memorizing lines, how to succeed at an audition, vocal training and much more. We'll kick off the week with a mock casting, allowing the ROOTS staff to place students in the appropriate class skill level for each section: dance, voice and acting. By the end of the week, students will perform in a musical theatre showcase. Come explore, be creative, and grow in the wonderful world of musical theatre!  
July 15-19, 2019
“My daughter Avery enrolled in Princess Dance Camp this past summer. I was amazed by how much the Princesses learned in just one week. Above that, I loved the messages instilled in each of them that inner beauty is more important than material things and that doing things in God’s favor was of the highest importance. The absolute best thing was to see how much fun the girls had and the friendships formed!”
- Addy, ROOTS Parent

2019 Summer Music Camps
Songwriting 101 Camp
Songwriting 101 is the ideal camp for kids looking to learn all of the basics of songwriting. If your child loves music, writing and/or telling stories, this is the camp for them. Campers will spend an entire week learning how to turn a simple thought or idea into an entire song, while making new friends and music. This “how to” camp will cover creating lyrics, picking a title for their song, expressing emotions, determining song form, and more. There’s no better way to end the summer than hearing your kid’s very first original song.
June 17-21, 2019
Aspiring Artists
Calling all aspiring artists! Come collaborate, create, and sharpen your songwriting skills at ROOTS this summer. This week long summer camp is a great opportunity to work with not only our top notch staff, but other artists, just like you! Together, we'll explore melody, chord progressions, rhythm, storytelling, musical genres & styles, "hooks," and more, as campers prepare to perform in their very own writers round at the end of the week. A great camp for any artist looking to write their first big hit, or their next.
June 17-21, 2019
Top 40 Voice Camp
You've heard their songs on the radio and seen them top the charts, now learn to sing like today's top pop artists! This week long voice camp will prepare young vocalists to emerge as the next generation of pop stars, primed and ready for the stage. Explore the songs that shaped the careers of artists like Imagine Dragons, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes and more! The only question now is: Are you ready for it?
June 17-21, 2019
Rock Band Camp
Have you ever wondered what it's like to join a band? If your answer is yes, than ROOTS has your opportunity this summer. Students will come together for this week long camp with the goal of transforming from strangers on day 1 to a super group by day 5. Together, campers will be mentored on song form, musicianship, stage presence and more in preparation for an end of the week performance! Prior experience in guitar, piano, drums, bass or voice required. 
June 17-21, 2019
Broadway Triple Threat Camp
Join us in July for the ultimate week-long broadway experience! Students will work on learning choreography, memorizing lines, how to succeed at an audition, vocal training and much more. We'll kick off the week with a mock casting, allowing the ROOTS staff to place students in the appropriate class skill level for each section: dance, voice and acting. By the end of the week, students will perform in a musical theatre showcase. Come explore, be creative, and grow in the wonderful world of musical theatre!  
July 15-19, 2019
“Our daughter always looks forward to this full week of caring, professional instructors instilling proper technique, skills and encouragement into her. She’s not only challenged and inspired by the classes, but also makes great friends along the way. And always comes home exhausted, but excited to show us everything she learned. As parents, we love that she is getting taught the proper technique to ensure future growth in something she is so passionate about.”
- Amy Jo, ROOTS Parent
FAQ
Who will be teaching my child?
The ROOTS camp staff includes a dedicated group of vetted and experienced teachers. Most are year-round ROOTS mentors, but some have been hired specifically for their camp because of their expertise in the summer camp topic.

How early can we drop off, and how late can we pick up? Do you have after camp care?
Check-in will begin 15 minutes before camp begins. Check-out will begin promptly at the camp end time. There is no after-camp care.

What if I need to withdraw my student from the camp? Do we get a refund?
Cancellations made prior to one month before the camp start date are eligible for reimbursement in the original form of payment, minus the $50 processing fee.
Do we have to be enrolled in lessons or classes at ROOTS to participate in a camp?
While we’d love for you to continue your education with us before and after summer camps, you do not have to be a current student in order to attend camps. Anyone is welcome!
Will I get to see what my child has worked on at the end of camp?
All ROOTS Camps (besides Dance Intensive) will have an end-of-camp performance to showcase all that students have learned. Details regarding the performance may vary for each camp and will be sent out closer to camp time. 
Dance FAQ
Will my student need to bring a lunch, snack, or drink to camp with them?
Some camps will run through lunch time and will require students to bring a packed lunch. Make sure you read through your camp’s description to see if lunch will be needed. ROOTS will provide snacks for camps. We have water dispensers stationed around the studio, and we encourage students to bring refillable water bottles.
My student has never danced before and just wants to have fun. What camps are best for my child? 
Depending on age, we recommend Preschool Boogie Camp, Princess Dance Camp, and Hip Hop Camp for beginner students who are looking to have a great time!  
My student has never danced before, but is very eager to learn and be challenged. What camps are best for my child? 
Depending on age, we recommend Camp Dance for beginner and intermediate students who are eager to advance their technique in a non-competitive and encouraging environment. Our Summer Intensive is geared toward advanced students and is great for students looking to be challenged in a fast-paced and focused atmosphere.
What am I supposed to wear? 
We recommend fitted dance apparel, such as leggings, tank tops, dance shorts and leotards. For hip hop, layers can be worn such as joggers, sweatpants, T-shirts and hoodies. 

Shoes: Tennis shoes are required for hip hop. Ballet shoes (canvas or leather depending on age) are required for ballet. For jazz and lyrical, we recommend pirouettes or jazz shoes. For contemporary, dance socks are permitted. 

Hair: Hair should be pulled up and out of the face to avoid distraction. 

Music FAQ
My student is new to music and just wants to have fun. What camps are best for my child?  
We would recommend our Disney Classics Camp (1st - 5th graders). This camp is geared toward our younger students and is a great way for kids to learn some basics in music while having fun and making friends.
Do we have to be enrolled in music lessons at ROOTS to participate in a music camp? 
Nope, our music camps are open to everyone. We love new faces!
What if I have more questions? 
If you have more questions, please contact us at info@rootsacademy.net. We would love to assist you.
About ROOTS Music & Dance Academy
ROOTS Music & Dance Academy was established in 2008 as a music and dance studio in Franklin, TN. Over the years, the studio has expanded in students, studio locations, as well as the number of classes offered. 

What You Can Expect
ROOTS is a fun, engaging and safe place for students of all ages to learn the art of dance. We are a performing arts academy that’s designed to teach with excellence and committed to empowering our students to do their best.

The ROOTS Philosophy
ROOTS was created to give students of all ages a chance to explore what’s possible in the world of performing arts. Whether it’s music lessons, dance classes or summer camps, we build all of our programs around the same three foundations:

1. Creativity
We believe every student possesses a unique gift of creativity. Our mentors tailor each experience to help students to foster, uncover and explore their creative and problem-solving potential.

2. Discipline
Journalist and bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell popularized the idea that it takes roughly 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field. At ROOTS, we are committed to instilling discipline in our students to achieve their highest potential.

3. Performance
We are committed to teaching our students to perform at their best. Whether that’s in a recital, concert or a performance event, our students will be coached on self-awareness, presentation and audience engagement.
This is our philosophy and our promise to you.
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