LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Los Angeles-based dance company is giving a lucky group of kids the chance to dance, fly and move in ways they have never done before.
Diavolo Dance Theater spends much of the year touring across the globe, but this summer they’re staying at The Brewery Arts Complex downtown, giving kids the opportunity to shine with their adventure camp.
The Fox Flyers Youth Adventure Camp give kids ages 8-14 a hands-on, feet-in opportunity to experience unique sets and pieces of architecture, like a rocking half-circle and a structure the company calls the “swinging atom”.
“This is fun. I’ve never been a sporty person, so I thought if I tried something new like acrobatics it could help me get active,” 10-year-old Catherine from Marina del Rey told KCAL9’s Stephanie Simmons while whirling through the air on the prop.
The day camp schedule runs 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., culminating with a daily showcase of performances called the Fox Flyers Custom Creations, highlighting the rotating camp themes, such as Super Fly, Rock and Roll, Wet and Wild, Flipping’ Awesome, and Story Time.
Diavolo is utilizing the camps for community outreach.
“The Institute focus has been on bringing this work, which is based on teamwork and self-expression, to the areas of Los Angeles that are under-served. About half the kids in the program are on scholarship because they’re not able to afford arts,” Diavolo Institute Director Jones Welsh said.
The camp isn’t just about exercise. It’s also about conquering fears, building trust and launching imagination.
“That’s a key component to Diavolo. You will face your fears in what we do, and once you have a sense of biomechanics and physics, then with your own body, you’re able to overcome those fears and perform,” said Welsh.
More information about The Fox Flyers Youth Adventure Camp is available on Diavolo’s website.