Who can attend Camp Celtic?
Our camp is perfect for children ages 4 to 12, with any level of Irish dance experience. Beginners welcome! We split dancers into groups so every camper can learn at a pace appropriate for their age and dance experience.
What are the dates and times?
This year, we are running Camp Celtic the week of August 19-23, 9am - 3pm. The program runs from Monday to Friday.
Where is Camp Celtic taking place?
33-02 Skillman Avenue, Long Island City.
What happens at Camp Celtic?
It’s not just dance class! In addition to learning Irish dance (both soft shoe AND hard shoes dances) Camp Celtic will have unique activities each and every day, like:"
Choreography: As our campers learn more soft shoe and hard shoe dances, they will get to practice choreographing their own routines to Irish AND pop music.
Music: Dance is nothing without music - Campers will learn the basics of traditional Irish music and music theory, including rhythm and the different types of music and time signatures that are traditionally performed.
Story Telling: Campers will learn more about the history of Ireland from ancient stories about Irish folklore, then get the chance to bring these stories to life through dance and song.
Arts & Crafts: Dancers will create their own Irish dance accessories: tie-dye socks, personalized dance bags, rhinestoned crowns and more!
Meet the Pros: Campers get to meet Irish dance professionals who will come in to perform and talk to our campers. They will get to ask any questions, learn more about being an Irish dancer and enjoy a exclusive performance!
Showcase: Of course, all of our campers get to showcase what they learned and created at Camp Celtic. Our last day will have a special one-day-only performance for family and friends to check out, plus a celebration afterwards for all their hard work!
What should my Camper wear to Camp?
During Camp, campers should wear t-shirt, athletic shorts, and white socks. NO dresses, skirts, pants leggings, or jewelry is allowed. Hair should be pulled back off the face in a ponytail or with a headband.
Campers should bring gym sneakers AND dance shoes (soft shoes, hard shoes and/or ballet/jazz slippers) for Camp. Campers will NOT be allowed to participate in activities barefoot, in socks, or in unsafe footwear, such as sandals or flip-flops.
All campers will receive 1 complimentary Camp Celtic T-Shirt and are encouraged to wear it on our last day for our Camp Showcase.
What else do I need to know?
Early Drop-Off/Late Pick-up: Early drop off (8-9AM) or late pick up (3-5PM) is available upon request for an additional fee. Requests must be made and paid for prior to the beginning of Camp.
Snacks: 2 snacks included daily for campers, and water will be provided. Campers are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles.
Lunch: Campers are required to bring their own lunch each day. Lunch must be NUT-free and labeled clearly with camper’s name
Studio Safety: We have a 1:5 child to teacher ratio in the studio. Camp Celtic is located is a secured building that requires keycard access - a secure and safe location. Our faculty are certified, highly qualified and have many years of experience working with children. The O’Donnell Academy is a certified Irish dance school, registered and regulated by An Coimisiun Le Rince Gaelacha in Dublin, Ireland. We are proud to offer Camp Celtic as an opportunity for dancers to exercise, learn to perform, build confidence, and have fun in a safe and supportive environment.