Today’s theme was Communication. At the beginning of the day we discussed good and bad communication with resolving conflicts and expressing emotions with the kids. We talked about different positive ways to communicate: through I-statements, body language and facial expressions, and through dancing and story-telling. Communication was the focus of all the dance classes, including modern, jazz, hip hop, and musical theatre. Footloose was the musical focused on in musical theatre class, and the children were told a prank at the beginning of class that hip hop music was going to be forbidden at camp for the rest of the week for being inappropriate and that they would only be allowed to train in ballet to classical music, so that they could better relate to the characters in Footloose who were forbidden to dance and listen to rock’n'roll music. After a quick “Gotcha!” and sighs of relief, the older campers discussed how the plot of Footloose related to the theme and the importance of communicating problems in a community, and not sweeping them under the rug. The prank really helped the older campers get into character for the Footloose choreography! In journaling the campers wrote letters to Barack Obama asking for change they wish to see in the world. Many campers wrote that they want dance camps to happen all over the world so that more children all over the world can go to dance camp with their friends! The art project of the day was making rain sticks out of paper towel rolls, rice, and brightly colored decorations, building on the theme of communication through music. Looking forward to tomorrow, and learning about differences!