Overview and Philosophy

Our dynamic program is centered around our exceptional, professional dance instruction, "choice" and a variety of camp activities including art and crafts, waterfront, sports, campfires, trips, co-ed socials and many other activities.

Campers design their own schedules and they can choose to take from two to six hours of dance classes daily. Dance instruction is offered in Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Tap and EnChoreo—our camper directed choreography experience. (See the Dance Program section.) All classes are small and campers are separated into ability levels to provide the most effective and personalized instruction.

Girls may also choose from many other activities including tennis, fitness, photography, painting, ceramics, crafts, (Intensive and recreational instruction in tennis is offered daily) and numerous water sports (swimming, waterskiing, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing/kayaking and more). Land sports (such as golf, lacrosse, basketball and soccer) are also available for those girls interested, with expert coaches from Brant Lake Camp for Boys.

Every day, each girl determines her own schedule. This must include a total of at least five activities a day with a minimum of two dance classes a day. The more serious dancers may take as many as six dance classes a day. (See Typical Day for a more detailed discussion.)

Evening activities vary daily and the girls have a number of fun and unique opportunities. All evenings are carefully tailored to the girls' interests, with sensitivity towards their maturity levels. Talent shows, special games or events, co-ed activities, campfires, evenings out of camp and more are nice fun ways to end the active day. Weekly Trips are built into the schedule, including one to see the NYC Ballet at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Six Flags Great Escape among others designed to enhance the Adirondack summer experience.

To help ensure that the summer meets every camper's expectations, each girl is asked to set her own goals for her stay at camp. The directors help guide each girl to establish and achieve these goals as needed. Brant Lake's experienced and mature staff members also provide guidance and support to help ensure a safe, healthy, rewarding and memorable summer.

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