By Amanda Banion
Elementary and middle school kids who love to dance, or aspire to try out for dance or cheer squads in the future, are invited to brush up on their dance skills this summer with the Carlsbad High School Varsity Dance Team.
The 12-time National Champion Lancer Dancers will be holding a Junior Lancer Dancer summer camp from Aug. 15 through 18 at Carlsbad High School from 9 a.m. to noon each day.
The team will be offering scholarships to qualified families to attend their Junior Lancer Dancer camp. Scholarships will be awarded based on HUD guidelines for low income families in San Diego County. Families that do not qualify can attend the summer camp for a donation of $125.
“We believe all children should be able to take dance classes, no matter what their income level is,” said Rachel Whitehead, the team’s scholarship coordinator. “We want to share our passion for dance with community youth that may not have the same opportunities that we have.”
Spending time with these teenage role models “will help Junior Lancer Dancers gain self-confidence, improve technique and learn how to develop a winning attitude,” according to a press release. “Dance camp also is a great way to stay fit, make new friends and just have fun. Camps are tailored for beginners, intermediate and advanced dancers ages 5 to 14.”
Coached by Lancer Dancer alumna Laura Nares, this elite group of dancers are selected each year through a rigorous try-out and screening process and are nationally recognized for excellence in dance. In the last 16 years, the Lancer Dancers have won 12 National Titles in jazz and hip hop and a World title.