Macey Afseth, a Fame Dance Studios instructor led a group of young dancers through a hip hop lesson during a free Dance Camp weekend. Nearly 50 youngsters showed up for the two day event July 22-23. GEOFF LEE LSS PHOTO
Fame Dance Studios in Lloydminster treated roughly 50 kids to a free dance camp that will become an annual event.
The weekend camp, held July 22-23, provided area youngsters from age five to 12 with hip hop and jazz lessons from advanced instructors, directed by Macey Afseth of Lashburn.
“We did it last year too,” said Afseth.
“We had such a great turnout last year and so many people wanted to do it; they were messaging asking us when were we going to do it again.”
The demand to learn from Afseth and her co-workers was so great, some kids had to be turned away just like last year to keep it manageable.
Studio owner Sarah Makins gave the annual idea her official thumbs up, crediting Afseth for ensuring the first two free camps exceeded everyone’s expectations.
“She saw some of the charity work we were doing last year and said,‘Sarah I want to do a project,’” said Makins.
“So it was her idea to gather some of her fellow classmates who also assist and teach at the studio.
“This is her brainchild, and I am really proud of her for that.”
The free camp ran from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, with the kids separated into age groups to learn a hip hop or a jazz routine from individual teachers.
One of the students was nine-year-old Bree Farrell from Lashburn who explained what was going on.
“We’re doing hip hop and we’re going to be doing jazz, and we’re doing dances inside,” she said while stepping outside for a break on July 22.
She let on that she’ll be taking paid lessons at the studio when fall classes resume on Sept. 11.
John Artiga, nine, was visiting Lloydminster and came out because his mom wanted him to join something for the summer.
Cassidy Phillips, 10 from Kitscoty, said jazz and hip hip were new to her.
Afseth said they picked the week they did for the camp because everyone’s out of school and she and the other Fame Studio dancers just got back from a trip to Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
“So we figured everything would be fresh out of our heads,” she said.
In L.A. the group visited the Dream Centre, an organization that helps the homeless, and they made a video and taught kids dance.
“Macey was with us as well,” said Makins.
“We wanted to make sure we do international and local things.”
In Vegas, the Fame Studio dancers filmed three different music videos targeting different plights of this planet, including a video highlighting the need to protect rain forests.
They even did one video to help a Vegas rapper named Kemona.
Charities are dear to the hearts of instructors at Fame Studio, including the free local dance camps inspired by Afseth.
“It’s her way of giving back to the community, putting on a free dance camp for kids,” said her mom, Amandalee, who rallied some sponsors.
Panago Pizza supplied 50 kids with pizza lunch on the opening day, while Sobeys sponsored a hot dog lunch on the final day.