Oak Ridge Dance Team members will teach routines to younger dancers during dance camp. Courtesy photo

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Younger dancers invited to train with Oak Ridge’s best

By From page B3 | July 09, 2014

The Oak Ridge Dance Team will host its fourth annual junior dance camp July 21-23 for 5- to 11-year-old girls.

Participants will learn jazz and hip hop routines and perform a showcase for parents on the camp’s last day.

Oak Ridge Dance Team head coach Erin Vasconcellos said both the younger girls and the high school girls get a lot from the experience. “The younger kids get an introduction to dance, but we also foster confidence and a team building environment,” she explained.

The dance team girls, who act as team leaders during the camp, also gain confidence.

“It bonds them to kids in the community and it helps them feel part of their school,” Vasconcellos continued. “The experience is a great way for the girls to be teachers. They love it.”

Proceeds from the camp will help pay for costumes and competition entry fees.

Vasconcellos has been Oak Ridge dance team’s head coach for five seasons. She minored in dance at UC San Diego and previously coached the UC San Diego dance team. This year Vasconcellos brought in competition coach Serena Malkasian.

“We’re hoping to have a really successful year when we go to nationals in March,” Vasconcellos said. “It’s been so fun being part of the community and taking this small team and watching it grow. We’ve come a long way.”

The junior dance camp will be held in the ORHS multi-purpose room. Participants will be grouped by age. Five to 7-year-olds attend from 10 a.m. to noon. Eight to 11-year-olds attend from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $55 per participant and checks should be made out to ORSB.

To register online visit oakridgedanceteam.webs.com or call (916) 817-0179.

Julie Samrick

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