Summer Camps

In Summer 2017 Rainier Arts Center is happy to welcome back Anything is Possible Theatre for two sessions of their fabulous theatre summer camp for kids.

This year we are also pleased to introduce a new camp: Sankofa Drum and Dance week with teaching artist Nailah Harris. During Sankofa week students will have the opportunity to explore both hip hop and African dance and drum styles in a creative camp focused on cultural exploration, movement, and self-expression while learning both modern and traditional dance and drumming from the African diaspora. 

Camps are offered for kids age 6-12 and will be held at Rainier Art Center (formerly Rainier Valley Cultural Center) 3515 S Alaska St. Seattle, WA 98118.

There are three (3) summer sessions (Monday through Friday) that are $300 each:

  • Sankofa Drum and Dance Camp: August 7-11, 2017, 9am to 3pm
  • Anything is Possible Theatre Camp: August 14-18, 2017, 9am to 3pm
  • Anything is Possible Theatre Camp: August 21-25, 2017, 9am to 3pm

After care from 3pm to 5:30pm will be available for an additional $20 per day. Please indicate on your registration form if you would like to sign up your child for after care.

***Registration is OPEN for 2017. Sign up HERE!***

A limited number of scholarships are available for eligible campers.

If you have questions about registration, payment, or scholarships, please contact Rainier Arts Center at 206-725-7517 or programs@rainierartscenter.org.


 

ABOUT SANKOFA DRUM AND DANCE CAMP

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  • Participants will learn 2 sets of CHOREOGRAPHY ( Hip Hop and African)
  • Participants will learn four SONG SELECTIONS
  • Participants will learn two DRUM RHYTHMS
  • Participants will have the opportunity to make their own COSTUMES for culmination recital
  • Participants will have the opportunity to SHARE what they’ve learned with their family and loved ones!
  • Participants will learn many CULTURAL GAMES to share with others.
  • Overall participants will BUILD RELATIONSHIPS with new people, with a new experience, while indulging in culture.

Nailah “Oni” Harris is an artist, dancer, and educator with a lifetime of experience performing and teaching West African Culture and Dance. She has performed with dance companies including ADEFUA, KUTT ‘N” Up ENT, Nu Black Arts West, Broadway Bound, KODE RED dance team, and LADII ENTOURAJ, as well as with her own dance company MYND KUNTROL. She has taught dance with students at Seattle Center’s Festival Sundiata and Folklife Festival and with Cleveland High School’s dance team. She has a BA in Children’s Studies with a minor in Africana Studies from Eastern Washington University.

***Registration is OPEN for 2017. Sign up HERE!***


ABOUT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE THEATRE CAMP

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ACTING – Dive into a world of intrigue and adventure as we develop the basic skills needed to tell a story dramatically. Learn to use your body and your voice in creating a character. We will utilize theater games, improvisation, scenes from plays, poems, songs, and more!

SINGING & DANCING – Why would a Carrot sing? How would you tap dance if you were a Dragon chased by a Princess? Learn tongue twisting rhymes and discover the joys of singing. After physical/vocal warm-ups, participants will learn both original and traditional songs.

THEATRE GAMES! PROP CONSTRUCTION! STAGE FIGHTING! AND MORE!

Our camp will be directed by theatre professionals who have extensive experience working with youth.

Ellen Cooper (playwright) has been writing plays and musicals for 25 years. She has received grants and awards from the Washington and Seattle Arts Commission, the New Millennium Prize, Artist Trust, the IUPUI Bonderman Award, the Puffin Foundation, the Seattle Foundation, the 4-Culture Foundation, the Boeing Foundation, Charlotte Martin Foundation and the Drury College Prize for one-acts. Her one-act “Home Safe” was recently selected for the TheatreWest’s Festival in LA and her play “Robin Hood and His Band” was selected for Youth Theatre NW’s 25th anniversary season and most recently as an Anything is Possible Theatre Company production. Along with Joseph Seserko and Laura Ferri she is a founding member of the Anything is Possible Theatre Company producing original children’s theater in Seattle, WA. “Home Safe” is published by New Plays Inc.

Shermona Mitchell (lead artist/director)

Joseph Seserko (composer/musician)

Michael Loggins (movement/choreograhper)

***Registration is OPEN for 2017. Sign up HERE!***