Forward Momentum Chicago Summer Dance Camp 2021

We are excited to announce our In-person Summer Dance Camp 2021! We are offering two camp locations, Englewood and Avondale. Please note, there will be limited capacity at both locations due to Covid-19 restrictions. We are taking many precautions to make sure that the Summer Dance Camps are safe for participants and staff. Please see below for our Covid-19 safety precautions and FAQs. We cannot wait to see the campers in-person this summer!

Covid-19 safety precautions

Please note, Covid-19 regulations are subject to change. We will do our best to stay up to date and will adjust our precautions as needed.

We ask that all campers follow these required precautions:

-Participants must keep masks on at all times

-Please stay 6 feet apart from other participants and staff

-Participants must bring a water bottle. There will be times where camp will be help outside in the heat

-If you are sick, please stay home and notify us immediately


Will you be limiting enrollment for this year? Yes. For the health and safety of our camp participants, staff, and camp locations, we have lowered our enrollment to 55 students at our Englewood camp and 45 students at our Avondale Camp to reduce chances of exposure.

Can I save a spot and pay for camp later? No. Unfortunately, payment is required at the time of registration. Due to limited space availability this year, we are offering registration on a first come, first serve bases. Registration will automatically close once we reach capacity.

What other exposure protocols are you putting in place? We will be splitting up campers into small pods, encouraging outside activity whenever possible, implementing social distancing, having mask mandates, symptom checks, daily screening, and intensive cleaning.

Will campers get to select the group they are in? No.Campers will be split into groups of 20 or less based on their age to optimize dance instruction for their skill level.

What should campers come prepared with? Campers are required to always have a mask on, wear the dance attire provided to them, and bring a water bottle. Please note, there will be times where camp will be held outside in the heat.

What will FMC provide? Included in the camp fee, we will provide all campers with a leotard, tights, ballet shoes, shorts, FMC t-shirt, bag, water bottle, and a mask.

Will FMC be offering food? Yes. Campers will be fed daily lunch and snacks (included in camp fee). As always, campers are free to bring their own food if they prefer and MUST bring a water bottle.

How many FMC staff and instructors are there? We will have 7-10 FMC Camp leads present every day. FMC Camp Leads include: Dance Instructors, FMC Staff Members, and After School Matters teen interns. 

Will campers get to experience all dance forms? Campers will take dance classes in a variety of styles including: Hip Hop, Ballet, Modern (only offered at Englewood Camp), Latin, and African. There will be one style of dance for each week of Summer Dance Camp and a chance to perform their choreography at the end of Summer Camp.

Will there be a final Summer Dance Camp Performance? Yes. Campers get the chance to showcase their dances at the end of camp. The final performance will be In-Person at the camp location.

Will friends and family be able to watch the final camp performance? We are looking at all the options as far as how shows will be presented. We will keep you posted.

How will community and comfort work during challenging emotional times for campers if social distancing is in place? Forward Momentum Chicago has received funding through the Arts Work Fund to expand our dance curriculum to incorporate trauma-informed best practices and deepen the social-emotional learning impacts for our students. We are committed to ensure our instructors have the resources and knowledge necessary to support children for in-person instruction who are dealing with trauma that have resulted from a myriad of incidents over the past year.

What happens if someone gets Covid-19/has direct exposure to Covid-19? If you are sick, please stay home and contact us immediately. We will contact all parents through our REMIND app if we are notified of any camper or staff member testing positive for COVID-19. In this case, we may plan to have a virtual rain date back up plan.

Will staff be vaccinated? We are unable to mandate staff to be vaccinated, however all staff are eligible to be vaccinated. We are working with all staff who want vaccines to get them well before the start of the program.

Is there a chance this plan will change? There is always a possibility that things will change. We will be following procedures recommended by the CDC, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools, Illinois, and Chicago guidance. We will release any new information ASAP.

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