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End of camp- photos, etc. July 11, 2021

One last hello BFDC camp families!


I am sharing a link to a folder with pictures from last week that you can view and download photos of your kids: 


BFDC Latin American Culture and Dance Camp photos


Also, I am including a link to a video of a dance performance we did at the Arboretum in March just for fun: 


Ballet Folklorico Video Performance


We have a few water bottles that were left behind. I think the white one is Caél's. You can stop by and pick them up during our dance practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-5:30 ish. 

Food for the week: 
Here is a list of foods that we had for the week. Most of the recipes you can find by googling them.

  • Monday- México: Taquitos, guacamole, limonada
  • Tuesday- Perú- pollo con arroz- Rossio made it all and I don't have the recipe, but I know she rubbed the chicken with ají colorado and the rice was made with palillo (tumeric) and vegetables.  Drinks: Inca Kola, Chicha morada with limón and fruit
  • Wed- Puerto Rico- arroz con habichuelas, agua de guayaba and agua de sandía
  • Thursday- Venezuela- We were supposed to do cachapas, but I bought the wrong kind of P.A.N corn flour, use this kind:  P.A.N Sweet Corn Mix , so instead we had arepas with ham and cheese and to drink: Papelón con limón
  • Friday: Hojaldras (made with orange juice) and chocolate milk

It would be good for you to try some of the foods again in your homes. Some of the kids were reluctant to try new foods because it was a different color or form than they are used to. Most of the kids loved the food. 


We hope to see you for camp next year!


Thanks for all your wonderful support during the week. 


Jessica Kitterman,

Ballet Folklórico de Colores, Co-Director



Friday night picnic and performance July 09, 2021

Hello BFDC Latin American Culture and Dance Camp Families, 


We hope your kids have had fun and learned a lot this week at camp. We have enjoyed getting to know your kids and seeing them become more comfortable with Spanish, dance,  and new foods.   


As a reminder, we will have our end of camp picnic tomorrow evening at 6:00 p.m. on the school field out back. Please bring your family's picnic dinner and a blanket to sit on. If you can come a bit early, we can get the kids ready to start close to 6:00 with our program. As soon as we can be ready, we will sing a few songs, dance a few dances: La Walicha from Perú, and Carnaval. The easiest way to do costumes is:

  • the girls can wear a swimsuit or leotard of any color with shorts on top. We  will give them a skirt to use. 
  • the boys can wear a white shirt and white pants that we have that they can put on over their clothes. 

While you are eating your picnic dinner, some of the Ballet Folklorico de Colores dancers that have helped out this week at camp will perform a few dances. Then, we will end the night with breaking a piñata. We will have a small flea market with some items for sale for cheap so you might want to bring a few dollars.


Next week, I will send you a link to a folder with pictures from camp so you can see what we have been doing all week. 


If your camper would like to continue taking dance classes with Ballet Folklórco de Colores, we will give you a camp discount of 50% off the first month. Classes are $45/month for 2 classes a week. We have dance classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00- 4:00 in Puente de Hozho's dance room. 


Finally, we would love to hear your and your child's  thoughts about camp. If you have a chance, please respond to this email and tell us what they liked, what they didn't like so much, maybe how their feelings changed about Spanish, dance, etc. We would love to hear anything you want to share. We may use some quotes in future promotion of the camp. 


Sorry for the long email. I hope it makes sense since it is late at night. 


Thank you all for supporting Ballet Folklórico de Colores Summer Camp and we hope you all enjoyed it.


Sincerely,,

Jessica Kitterman

BFDC, Co-Director



See you all on Monday! July 03, 2021

Hello BFDC Latin American Culture and Dance Campers and Families, 


We can't wait to see you on Monday! I just want to share a few reminders for camp:


1) Arrival: You can drop off your kids up to 15 minutes early every day so we can get everyone checked in and start on time.  Please park in the south parking lot of Puente de Hozho School (3401 N. 4th St.). Go past the Boys and Girls Club door to the gate by the playground. We are in the classroom with the red door by that gate. Look for our yellow Ballet Folklórico de Colores sign. 


2) Please have your child bring a reusable water bottle labeled with their name. 


3) Face masks: Please have younger kids, who are not able to be vaccinated, wear a mask every day. We do have some older campers that have been fully vaccinated and are okay to not wear a mask. Teachers will still wear masks to be a good example for the younger kids. 


3) Spanish: Our camp will be conducted mostly in Spanish. Don't worry if your child doesn't know Spanish. We have made all the learning very visual so your child can understand a lot of what is going on. Your child can still speak to us in English, if needed, and we will encourage them to use any Spanish they can. It will be a fun, language learning experience. If this will be your child's first Spanish language immersion experience, you might just want to talk to him/her about coming with an open mind and positive attitude. You will be amazed with how much Spanish your child can learn in a week!  We promise to not make it scary! 


4) Camp is 3 hours. The first 2 hours will be dedicated to learning about a new country everyday, including an introduction to the country, a song, some crafts and of course, food! The last hour will be a dance class with Ballet Folklórico de Colores' dance instructor, the fabulous, Sergio Padilla. We will be learning some dances from México and Perú this year. 


5) Friday night picnic: We will have an end of program family picnic on Friday at 6:00 pm at Puente de Hozho.  With Covid still around, we will not do our usual potluck, but please bring a picnic for your family and a blanket for your family to sit on the grass on the field. We will have the kids perform the songs and dances they learned at camp. We will also have a piñata at the end.  


6) The schedule for the week: 


México: (Monday-July 5th)

Teacher: Jeanette Bojarski

Activities: maracas,  ojo de Dios

Food: taquitos, salsa, guacamole, limonada (make limonada, guacamole)

Song:  De colores

Dance class

 


Perú (Tuesday-July 6th)

Teacher: Rossio de Pilar Sheets

Activity: Libro: Tu mamá es una llama : craft:  llamas, fotos with llama 

Food: arroz con pollo y verduras , chicha morada o Inca Kola     

Song/Dance: La Walicha

  

Puerto Rico (Wednesday-July 7th)

Teacher: José Díaz Aquino

Activities: Hacer máscaras

Food: Arroz con Habichuelas, agua de guayaba y melón

Song: En Mi Viejo San Juan

Dance Class

 

 Venezuela (Thursday, July 8th)

Teacher: Jersus Colmenares

Activity:  Hacer un papagayo 

Song:  El Papagayo - Serenata Guayanesa

Food: Cachapa Venezolana

Dance Class

 

Colombia (Friday, July 9th)

Teacher: Maggie Gil

Activity: Hand printed Colombian Flag, Molas Colombianas

Food:  Hojaldras Colombianas, leche chocolatada 

Song: Cuando te veo

Dance Class


7) Ballet Folklórico de Colores offers Mexican Folk dance classes year round and performs all around Northern Arizona. If your child would like to take classes with us, our campers can receive a 50% discount off the first month. Ask Jessica or Sergio for more information.


We can't wait to share this amazing week of language, culture and dance with your child and family. See you on. Monday!


Thanks,

Jessica Kitterman

BFDC, Co-Director

See you all on Monday! July 02, 2021

Hello BFDC Latin American Culture and Dance Campers and Families, 


We can't wait to see you on Monday! I just want to share a few reminders for camp:


1) Arrival: You can drop off your kids up to 15 minutes early every day so we can get everyone checked in and start on time.  Please park in the south parking lot of Puente de Hozho School (3401 N. 4th St.). Go past the Boys and Girls Club door to the gate by the playground. We are in the classroom with the red door by that gate. Look for our yellow Ballet Folklórico de Colores sign. 


2) Please have your child bring a reusable water bottle labeled with their name. 


3) Face masks: Please have younger kids, who are not able to be vaccinated, wear a mask every day. We do have some older campers that have been fully vaccinated and are okay to not wear a mask. Teachers will still wear masks to be a good example for the younger kids. 


3) Spanish: Our camp will be conducted mostly in Spanish. Don't worry if your child doesn't know Spanish. We have made all the learning very visual so your child can understand a lot of what is going on. Your child can still speak to us in English, if needed, and we will encourage them to use any Spanish they can. It will be a fun, language learning experience. If this will be your child's first Spanish language immersion experience, you might just want to talk to him/her about coming with an open mind and positive attitude. You will be amazed with how much Spanish your child can learn in a week!  We promise to not make it scary! 


4) Camp is 3 hours. The first 2 hours will be dedicated to learning about a new country everyday, including an introduction to the country, a song, some crafts and of course, food! The last hour will be a dance class with Ballet Folklórico de Colores' dance instructor, the fabulous, Sergio Padilla. We will be learning some dances from México and Perú this year. 


5) Friday night picnic: We will have an end of program family picnic on Friday at 6:00 pm at Puente de Hozho.  With Covid still around, we will not do our usual potluck, but please bring a picnic for your family and a blanket for your family to sit on the grass on the field. We will have the kids perform the songs and dances they learned at camp. We will also have a piñata at the end.  


6) The schedule for the week: 


México: (Monday-July 5th)

Teacher: Jeanette Bojarski

Activities: maracas,  ojo de Dios

Food: taquitos, salsa, guacamole, limonada (make limonada, guacamole)

Song:  De colores

Dance class

 


Perú (Tuesday-July 6th)

Teacher: Rossio de Pilar Sheets

Activity: Libro: Tu mamá es una llama : craft:  llamas, fotos with llama 

Food: arroz con pollo y verduras , chicha morada o Inca Kola     

Song/Dance: La Walicha

  

Puerto Rico (Wednesday-July 7th)

Teacher: José Díaz Aquino

Activities: Hacer máscaras

Food: Arroz con Habichuelas, agua de guayaba y melón

Song: En Mi Viejo San Juan

Dance Class

 

 Venezuela (Thursday, July 8th)

Teacher: Jersus Colmenares

Activity:  Hacer un papagayo 

Song:  El Papagayo - Serenata Guayanesa

Food: Cachapa Venezolana

Dance Class

 

Colombia (Friday, July 9th)

Teacher: Maggie Gil

Activity: Hand printed Colombian Flag, Molas Colombianas

Food:  Hojaldras Colombianas, leche chocolatada 

Song: Cuando te veo

Dance Class


7) Ballet Folklórico de Colores offers Mexican Folk dance classes year round and performs all around Northern Arizona. If your child would like to take classes with us, our campers can receive a 50% discount off the first month. Ask Jessica or Sergio for more information.


We can't wait to share this amazing week of language, culture and dance with your child and family. See you on. Monday!


Thanks,

Jessica Kitterman

BFDC, Co-Director



 

Schedule for Ballet Folklórico de Colores' Latin American Culture and Dance Camp June 09, 2021

Hello Campers and Families,


Happy Summer! Are you all as excited about camp as we are?!? We want to give you an update of what to expect each day at camp. We will learn about a new country each day including an craft, authentic food, songs and dances to perform for parents at our potluck on Friday evening. We are going to have fun learning about these beautiful cultures from teachers that are from each country. We can't wait to see you all in July!


México: (Monday-July 5th)

Teacher: Jeanette Bojarski

Activities: maracas,  ojo de Dios

Food: taquitos, salsa, guacamole, limonada (make limonada, guacamole)

Song:  De colores

Dance class

 


Perú (Tuesday-July 6th)

Teacher: Rossio de Pilar Sheets

Activity:Libro: Tu mamá es una llama : craft:  llamas, fotos with llama 

Food: arroz con pollo y verduras , chicha morada o inca Kola     

Song/Dance: La Walicha

  

Puerto Rico (Wednesday-July 7th)

Teacher: José Díaz Aquino

Activities: Hacer máscaras

Food: Arroz con Habichuelas, agua de melón

Song: En Mi Viejo San Juan

Dance Class

 

 Venezuela (Thursday, July 8th)

Teacher: Jersus Colmenares

Activity:  Hacer un papagayo 

Song:  El Papagayo - Serenata Guayanesa

Food: Cachapa Venezolana

Dance Class

 

Colombia (Friday, July 9th)

Teacher: Maggie Gil

Activity: Hand printed Colombian Flag, Molas Colombianas

Food:  Hojaldras Colombianas, chocolate frio 

Song: Pescado Envenenado

Dance Class