St. Olaf dance workshop is designed to experience the breadth and depth of the St. Olaf College Dance Department where a range of classes are offered. Studio time and other educational sessions are balanced with supervised recreational activities. The workshop provides a complete experience on the beautiful St. Olaf campus in historic Northfield, Minnesota.
Session, Fees, and Registration
July 15-19, 2018
For boys and girls who have completed grades 7th – 12th
* Study with nurturing, experienced faculty
* Variety of class options
* Low student-to-instructor ratio
* Three gorgeous studios with sprung floors
* Small group discussions
* Supervised recreational activities
MORNING: Dancers will participate in two of the three core dance styles during morning workshops from the following:
* Hip Hop
* Modern Dance
AFTERNOON: A range of classes will be offered each afternoon. Dancers will participate in six unique studio experiences from the following:
* African Fusion
* American Dance: Native and Immigrant Traditions
* Ballet: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Offered
* Social/Ballroom Dance
* Choreography and Improvisation
* Hip Hop
* International/World Dance
* Modern Dance
* Dancers learn about the breadth of dance from a variety of perspectives.
Visit https://wp.stolaf.edu/dance/studio/ to view the three gorgeous studios with sprung floors.
Campers are housed two per room and may request a specific roommate. Roommates need to request each other on their registration form. Camp space is filled on a first-come basis and spots cannot be held for a late-registering roommate.
Camp Fee Includes:
Lodging, meals, and camp t-shirt. Campers are housed in comfortable, secure students residence halls. Bedding and bath towel are provided. Instructors and counselors live in the residence halls and provide 24-hour supervision. St. Olaf employs a professional security staff that is on duty 24/7.
Register now with our secure online form or complete a printable registration form and send it via mail. Registrations are accepted until capacity has been reached. When completing the online form please see options below.
Option 1: Pay in Full
At the conclusion of the registration form, you will be asked to submit credit card information. Once submitted, the full amount will be paid.
Option 2: Submit Deposit Only
At the conclusion of the registration form disregard the payment section at the end and close out the window. The registration form is still saved and submitted. Once closed, go to the make-a-payment link and submit a minimum $100 non-refundable deposit to reserve your swimmer’s spot today. Registration is not officially accepted until completed registration form and deposit is received on the same day. Payment must be paid in full 4 weeks prior to camp start date.
Written cancellations (post, fax, or email) received four weeks prior to camp start date will receive a refund less the $100 non-refundable deposit fee. No refunds are given within four weeks of camp start date; substitutions are accepted.
Meet the Dance Instructors
Heather Klopchin, Associate Professor and Chair of the St. Olaf Dance Department, teaches technique classes in Ballet and Modern Dance, as well as Dance in the United States, a theory class which combines classroom and studio experiences. She is co-artistic director and choreographer for St. Olaf’s student company, Companydance©. Heather is a principal artist with Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater, and she has danced with other Minneapolis companies including ARENA Dances, Zenon Dance Company, Eclectic Edge Ensemble. Heather holds an MFA degree in Dance Choreography and Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Anthony Roberts, St. Olaf Dance Artist in Residence, teaches Modern Dance technique, Dance Anatomy & Kinesiology, conditioning, screendance, and he is co-artistic director and choreographer for St. Olaf’s student company, Companydance©. Anthony danced professionally with Repertory Dance Theatre and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in Salt Lake City, Utah; Sharir Dance Company in Austin, Texas; and the Jacob’s Pillow’s Men Dancers: The Ted Shawn Legacy. Anthony holds an MFA in Dance with a Dance Technology Emphasis from Arizona State University.
Janice Haws Roberts, Professor of Dance at St. Olaf, teaches modern dance technique, choreography and improvisation, and the senior dance capstone course. She is co-artistic director and choreographer for St. Olaf’s student company, Companydance©. Janice danced professionally with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in Salt Lake City, Utah, and A. Ludwig Dance Theatre in Arizona. Janice holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Utah.
Anne von Bibra, Assistant Professor of Dance, teaches technique classes in Ballroom, International, and American Dance, as well as World Dance Traditions, a combined theory and movement class. Anne performed with Avaz International Dance Theatre and Karpatok Hungarian Folk Dance Ensemble in Los Angeles and Minneapolis-based Ethnic Dance Theater, for which she is a resident choreographer. Anne currently performs Javanese dance in Sumunar Gamelan and Dance Ensemble in St. Paul. Anne holds a Masters in Dance with a specialization in Ethnology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Arneshia Williams, Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at St. Olaf, teaches technique classes in Hip Hop and African Fusion, and classes combining theory and movement, Introduction to Dance and Dance in the United States. Her performance opportunities include Jacquelyn Stokes/The Dance Collective, Minister Gail-Faust/4Trinity Evangelistic Dance, Gesel Mason, Millicent Johnnie, Larry Southall, Teena Marie, and Helanius Wilkins. Arneshia holds an MFA in Dance with an emphasis in Religion from the University of Colorado Boulder, where she also received a Certificate in Comparative Ethnic Studies.
2-3 p.m. Check-in
3-5 p.m. Workshop Orientation
5-6 p.m. Dinner
6:30-9:30 p.m. Evening Social Activity
MONDAY – WEDNESDAY
7-8 a.m. Breakfast
8-8:50 a.m. Announcements/Group Warm-up
9-10:15 a.m. Studio Class
10:30-11:45 a.m. Studio Class
11:45-12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:45-1:30 p.m. Dance Conversations
1:45-3 p.m. Studio Class
3:15-4:30 p.m. Studio Class
5-6 p.m. Dinner
6:30-9:30 p.m. Evening Social Activity
7-8 a.m. Breakfast
8-10 a.m. Studio Class
10-noon Studio Class/Rehearsal
noon-1 p.m. Lunch
1-2 p.m. Showcase Prep
2-3 p.m. Showcase
3:15 p.m. Depart from Campus
Bon Appetit – Stav Dining Hall
Meals are prepared by Bon Appetit. Healthy options include the salad bar, grilled meats and veggies, and hot entrees, cereals, yogurt, fresh fruit, a deli station, soup, and dessert station. There are plenty of food options for vegetarians, gluten-free, and other specific needs. However, if you have a specific food allergy, please email us so we can get your camper connected with the kitchen.
Do you like good food? So do we! Four schools across the country, St. Olaf being one of them, with food service operated by Bon Appétit Management Company were placed on the Princeton Review ‘Best College Food’ list this year. Campers will have the chance to taste the amazing creations, experience and service from our friends at Bon Appétit! Check out this article to learn more about their recent accomplishment!
Transportation, Additional Housing, and Non-Residential Option
Frequently Asked Questions
Will participants be allowed to travel around campus alone?
Campers are informed to travel with a buddy during movement between breaks.
What are your cell/smartphone and other electronic devices policy?
Cell phones and other electronic devices are not prohibited but should be used only during free time.
If a participant drives themselves to the program, can they leave whenever they want?
No, at check in the driver’s keys are turned in and given to the directors of the camp. If they wish to leave, a note must be provided by their guardian in advance.
Do you have enforceable consequences for prohibited actions?
Campers who break rules are sent home.
My child is one year too young for camp. Can he still register?
We maintain a wait list and if there are still openings prior to the start of camp we will fill positions with younger students. Call the camp office to get your name on the list. 507-786-3031.
What if my child is on medication?
Although camp counselors can hold the medication in a locked room, counselors cannot administer the medication to the camper.
All campers must be able to administer their own medications.
Does St. Olaf provide transportation to campus?
Please email the camp office to inquire about transportation.
May I use a credit card to pay for camp other than online.
No. In order to meet regulations, we can only take credit cards using our online form.
What is the refund policy?
Written cancellations (post, fax, or email) received four weeks prior to camp start date will receive a refund less the $100 non-refundable deposit fee. No refunds are given within four weeks of the camp start date, but substitutions are accepted.
What if you need to cancel due to a medical circumstance?
Doctors note and written request will need to be submitted. Once received and confirmed, refund/credit will be submitted on a case-by-case basis.
What if camp gets canceled?
Any camp not meeting the minimum enrollment week prior to camp start date will be canceled and notification will be sent. Some camps may have earlier deadlines and either a refund/credit towards another camp will be offered if the camp is canceled.
Where is St. Olaf College located at?
St. Olaf College is located 40 miles south of the Twin Cities metropolitan area in historic Northfield, Minnesota. Call the conferences, camps, and events office at 507-786-3031 to inquire about transportation options to and from the airport and/or refer to our website for further information.