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DanceBARN Youth Camp 2021

August 22-27, 2021

2 ages groups - 1 Fun Week!

Entering Grades 6-8 & 9-12

Are You Ready For This?!

When were you inspired by someone else?


"I was inspired by the girls from the other studios. Their controlled energy inspired my movement."

"I was really inspired by the guest artists. Their movement was so fierce!"

"I was inspired to not care what others were doing and do my OWN thing!"

"I learned that being weird during dance is OKAY!"


The DanceBARN Youth Camp is a 5-day sleep-away camp for dancers hosted in Battle Lake, Minnesota. The camp is a joyous mix of dance technique, choreography, and all of the fun things associated with a traditional summer camp including campfires, lake time, and making new friends. 




Includes all camp activities, plus lodging on beautiful Silver Lake just outside of Battle Lake with our awesome counselors!

All meals are included. Campers will even get to help create meals with their counselors! 



Battle Lake, Minnesota is a resorting community nestled in "the heart of the lakes" that thrives off of summer tourism. The town is supportive of the arts and always ready to learn from the dancers attending the festival. We would love you to share your passion for dance with our town!

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Covid-19 Considerations

In order to safely gather, we will put the following policies in place:

  • All campers must be tested and receive a negative Covid test within 1 week of arriving at camp.

  • All teachers, choreographers, and chaperones working with the dancers must receive a CDC approved Covid-19 vaccine prior to classes. 

  • DanceBARN is adopting new sanitizing and cleaning protocols for all studios and living spaces.

  • Campers will only be sharing rooms/beds with others they approve ahead of time.

  • Adjustments being made for communal meals to ensure safety.

We are still SO excited about:

  • SLO Dance Company will join us for the week, teaching amazing classes and setting choreography on the campers.

  • Unique and diverse set of classes taught by other local artists

  • Beach time, evening activities, dinners, and ice cream at Granny's!

  • Building new friendships. 

  • Opportunity to perform at the end of the week.

Camp Schedul

Camp Schedule

We will post the full schedule once camp gets closer but here's a snap shot:

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2021 Teachers & Choreographers


DanceBARN Co-Directors

& Teachers

Molly and Ayumi first met in graduate school at the University of Oregon in 2011. After earning MFA degrees in dance, they reunited in Minneapolis in search for something they could be passionate about. Always wanting to host a festival in her hometown, Battle Lake, Johnston was eager to get something started. Shafer was excited about starting a collective where dancers and other artists could have an environment to create, learn, and share. Together they have continued to organize community performances, residencies, Screendance projects, and festivals hosting both professionals in dance and LOVE working with young dancers during CAMP WEEK! 


Intern & Teacher

Originally from New York City, Christina is a recent college graduate who has returned to the NYC area to continue pursuing freelance performance and dance education. Christina is currently working as an Assistant Dance Instructor at Marquis Studios in New York City, one of the largest non-profit organizations in the field, where she teaches dance and performing arts to the underserved community in the city. Classically trained in ballet, Christina was introduced to modern and post-modern dance genres in both high school and college, which gave rise to an independent choreographic voice, and involvement in theatre productions during college.  In addition to dance and artistic creations, her other interests include hiking, physical fitness, poetry reading and yoga.

SLO Dance Company

Teachers & Choreographers

We are so excited to welcome our guest Choreographers and teachers from, LSO Dance Company to Battle Lake for Camp this year! 


SLO Dance Company, based in Minneapolis, builds meaningful relationships through movement and mindfulness. The company & Artistic Director Laura Osterhaus value balance, creativity, awareness and collaboration as a means for developing a greater intention within our daily practices, community, and performance.

Would you like more information?

Let us know if you have any questions about camp!

Own a studio? We're happy to mail handouts for your dancers!

Teachers & Choreograhers
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