What Dancesport Training Camps Should You Go To?
One of the most important parts of the life of dancers is the preparation before a competition. Usually, before a busy season of competitions, great dancers and clubs organize several camps organized. The role of camps is to help you develop into a better dancer through mastering the technique and learn key principles of dancing from the best teachers.
We have already discussed the topic of training camps in another article here. Nevertheless, this time we simply want to point out some of the best camps from the WDC and WDSF worlds.
1. THE CAMP – Wuppertal, Germany
Most of us dancers search for lectures online. In your searches is impossible not to stumble upon some lectures from THE CAMP – Wuppertal. But, what makes this camp so great?
First of all, it has some of the great teachers from the industry. Secondly, the location – The Historical Town Hall – is absolutely stunning. Everything is so well thought and the purpose is to leave Wuppertal inspired and focused.
Here is the teachers’ list of the 2019 edition that has just ended:
2. Dancing Superstars Festival – Bremen
In 2019 the Dancing Superstars Festival will be at its 6th edition and it is announced better than ever. The coaches that will hold the workshops are some of the biggest legends: Slavik Kryklyvyy, Catia Vanone, Fabio Selmi, or Julie Fryer just to name a few.
Here you can see the full list of coaches and apply for the Congress that will happen between 31st of May and 2nd of June. And a small hint from us, don’t miss out on the Gala ball on June 1st. You’ll witness some outstanding shows from great dancers in a glamorous ambiance with a live orchestra.
3. Summer Dancecamp – Denmark
What’s a summer without a dance camp? Well, the perfect one would be the Summer Dancecamp. Why is it perfect? They are, as they state on their website a “dance camp independent of federations, dance schools, clubs and organisations – everyone is welcome regardless of affiliation”.
World Champions Kristina & Peter Stokkebroe and Frank Høgh are on their 8th year of organizing this camp for every dancer of any level to come and learn from the best. For us, it sounds like the perfect environment where every dancer will feel welcomed.
This year the camp is going to take place between 7th – 12th July, so make sure you sign up here.
4. Edita Daniute International Training Camp – Trakai
Happening in Lithuania between 14th and 21st of July, this camp organized by Edita Daniute – one of the best names from the ballroom world – is meant to develop all the aspects of a ballroom dancer. You will have morning jogging, aerobics & stretching, lectures and stamina practice.
Coaches: Edita Daniute, Mirko Gozzoli, Fabio Selmi, Pietro Braga, Salvatore Todaro, Catia Vanone, Alexey Silde, Alessandro Firmo, Marek Chojnacki, Michele Bonsignori, Anastasia Titkova.
5. Team Vivo Latino with la Grande Orchestra Italiana – Italy
Between 19-21 July, in Italy, Team Vivo Latino is organizing the biggest International Training camp and competition in Southern Italy. The camp and the competition will be in Mariotto which is 30-40 minutes by car or transfer from the Bari-Palese airport.
Team Vivo Latino camps usually have one of the best line-ups of coaches. Are these ringing a bell?
- Hans Galke
- Sergey & Melia
- Paul Killick
- Andrej & Melinda
- Viktor Nikovskiy
- David Yin
- Goran Nordin
- Jukka & Sirpa
- Maurizio Vescovo
- Joanna Leunis.
And this is not all! The highlight of the event is going to be the “Jungle Pool Party” on the 20th July and the wonderful Grande Orchestra Italiana.
6. S&F Camp – Moscow
S&F Camp is organized by Alexey Silde and Anna Firstova dedicated mostly to latin. It is held in the Crocus Expo usually at the beginning of January and the second time it’s at the end of August and lasts for 5-6 days. During these days, the schedule looks like this: in the morning you have stretching sessions, around 4 PM you’ll have general physical preparation and in the evening there are practice sessions.
7. ZK Camp – Moscow
The ZK Camp is organized by Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova and is dedicated only to standard dancers. Same as the S&F Camp, it is held in Moscow in the Crocus Expo. The first ZK Camp is at the beginning of January and the second time is in September and usually, it lasts 3-4 days.
The schedule of the day is divided into two parts: physical preparation and practice sessions in the evening. Also, there are separate groups for children up to Junior II and separate groups for Youth. In charge of these groups are the teachers’ assistants: Matteo del Gaone, Evgeny Nikitin and Anton Besedin.
8. International Championships Preparation Quality Camp – Warsaw
Is organized by Lukasz & Aleksandra Tomczak from 13th to the 16th September in Warsaw, Poland. As the name suggests this camp is dedicated for those who are preparing to give their best at the International Championship that will take place on the 8th of October 2019.
The full list of teachers will be announced soon, but for now here are some of the names: Lyn Marriner, Massimo Giorgianni, Greg Smith and of course Lukasz & Aleksandra Tomczak. If you want to book your place, you can write to Lukasz on his Facebook or Instagram.
9. Mabo Training Camp – Italy
During 19-22 September you can participate at the Mabo training camp and receive valuable insights from some of the biggest legends of the industry.
10. Transylvanian Grand Prix
Transylvanian Grand Prix is one of the most important dancesport events in Romania. Top WDSF couples from around the come and fight for a place in the finals. The best thing about this event is the Transylvanian Training Camp which brings teachers such as William Pino, Pietro Braga, Barbara Ambroz, Giordano Vanone, Colin James and many others.
For now, there are not many details about the 2019 schedule, but we are excited to see what the Transylvanian Grand Prix has installed for us. In the meantime, you can read more about the 2017 event, as we were happy to participate at it.
In 2019 we also started a new online platform – Dancesportlife Academy – on which you can find besides online courses, also camp lectures. Make sure you go and check it!
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