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Barton Dance Theatre to host “Animal Creative Camp for Kids” fundraiser

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January 30, 2024
Story by Joe Vinduska

Children ages three to twelve who love animals can enjoy a camp full of creative expression led by the Barton Dance Theatre students from 2-5 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Fine Arts Building. Tickets are $20 per child and $10 per additional sibling and are available at

The camp includes classes taught by Barton Dance students, which offer a variety of activities such as dance, tumbling, music, animal yoga, snack time, and additional activities with some surprise visitors. The Shafer Gallery staff will teach visual art classes through the Glenn and Elaine Mull Art Cart. The camp is a fundraiser for Barton Dance Theatre's trip to New York City in May to learn from influential dance teachers and famous choreographers.

Fine and Performing Arts Coordinator and Dance Instructor Danika Bielek said she designed the fundraiser as a way for kids to enjoy being active while at the same time connecting her dancers with the community in a positive way.

“I always look forward to Creative Camp time,” she said. “This is the sixth year our dance company has hosted the event, and I think the camp gets better each time we do it. Our dance students gain so much from the teaching experience, and kids attending the camp can develop their creative side as they are inspired by the animals they love. This year, we are partnering with the Shafer Art Gallery and other organizations to give the campers quality learning experiences. At the same time, parents can take a break to spend the afternoon together. Plus, the proceeds help our dance students get to New York City for a dance and cultural experience that will help them decide whether they want to pursue dance as a profession. We hope many children will join us.”

For more information, contact Bielek at or (620) 792-9253.