Splashette Camp fosters future dancers

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The Ponte Vedra High School Splash Dance Team will host its annual Splashette Camp fundraiser for aspiring dancers in kindergarten to eighth grade.

“Hopefully it peaks their interest in the dance world,” PVHS dance coach Brandi Ahmad said. “This is our way of showing our gratitude for the continued support the community shows toward the team.”

The camp will be a two-day series where participants will learn choreography and technique from Splash Dance Team members from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 18 in the PVHS gymnasium.

Something new from last year that will continue this year is teaching basic dance skills along with the choreographed routine.

Once the choreography is taught, the real fun will begin, as the campers will have the opportunity to perform their routine during halftime of the Sharks’ junior varsity football game Sept. 23 beginning at 4:30 p.m.

“The parents are just as excited to watch their kids perform,” Ahmad said.

According to Ahmad, not only do the youngsters gain something from the camp, but she has seen over the years that the high school students enjoy the experience of being a teacher and a role model to others.

“It’s a pretty humbling experience for a high school kid,” Ahmad said.

A $75 registration fee is required and will include a Splashette jersey, poms and a hair bow. A $10 discount will be provided for each additional sibling that joins.

This year’s camp is on pace to be the largest ever with 80 participants already having signed up.

“A lot of folks in the county wonder how our program here at the high school is so strong, and this camp is a big reason for that,” Ahmad said.

Of the 23 girls currently on the dance squad, many took part in the camp when they were growing up and then continued it once they got to high school.

Campers are asked to bring a packed lunch and water bottle. However, light snacks will be provided. Dancers will wear their Splashette jersey and sneakers on both days.

For more information contact Jen Geric at jhgeric@yahoo.com.

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