The Young People's Program (YPP) offers a welcoming and vibrant experience for children 4-14, and older if appropriate. Our experienced (and background checked!) teaching-staff creates a fun, full-day program—after breakfast to dinner—providing a safe, inclusive and playful environment for all. Activities may include dance, arts & crafts, theater games, environmental exploration, sports, music and more. There will also be regular programming that is open and accessible to kids, so parents, kids and community can explore together. Programming varies with the age-ranges and the skills our teachers bring. If you have any questions about the Young People's Program, please email.
Info For Teens
The majority of our programming will be open to teens 14 and older. We will provide a Teen Program Coordinator (TPC), to serve as an additional adult resource and ally for teens at camp. Teens are invited to share ideas, issues, or needs with the TPC, so that camp will be as enjoyable and rewarding as possible. Specific teen space can be created, if desired. If you have any question or are interested in contributing to Teen programming, please contact us.
Info For Ages 3 and Under: Anna Israelsson will be coordinating co-op style care for our youngest campers… primarily a few infants (4-to-8-months-old) that we already know will be arriving with some of our teachers and staff. If you plan to join us with children 3 and under, please let us know, and we will pair you with other parents with kids in similar age ranges.
The YPP Committee, Coordinators, and Visioning Group are hard at work, crafting a magical journey that will have your kids begging for more. Below is a selection of our amazing facilitators.
Montana native, Jess Pearl is an energetic and playful
therapist for children with autism, as well as a yoga teacher for prisoners. She can often be found taking a break from therapy to fly her little clients in acroyoga postures! Prior to becoming a behavioral therapist, Jess spent two years in India, where she first worked with low-income school teachers to develop interactive, globally-minded programming for students.
In her second year, Jess served as program manager for 21 international fellows working in the schools. Jess will bring both a passion for engaging kids in dynamic and creative ways, and a strong ability to lead and manage youth programs to
Dance Camp Northwest.
Karen Joy Fletcher, MPH, cultural anthropologist, writer and qigong instructor, has organized and lead numerous inter-generational Earthgym play dates in city parks and forested areas. She is also the founder of a monthly family dance jam, Our Dancing Village catered to creating and evolving a joyful village-community of kids of all ages. Karen is passionate about child's passions and play, and loves inspiring people to get outside and delight in our best playground ever, Mother Nature!
Marissa Baratian As a dance instructor for young children, Marissa passionately believes in giving children exposure to a greater awareness of their global community through sharing dances from around the world. She has studied many dance forms since 1976. West African dance has been her main passion since 1993. Marissa has taught children's ballet, tap, jazz, and creative dance. She currently teaches World Dance classes for kids. You can learn more about Marissa at worlddancewithmarissa.weebly.com
Fawnia Chauvaux is a Teacher, Therapist, Performer, and Choreographer with an extensive movement background in Dance, Yoga, and Physical Therapy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of Washington with emphasis on World Dance and Culture. She is a diverse dancer with a background in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, African, Brazilian, Latin dance and Zumba. She also is a Certified Yoga Teacher and has taught Yoga to adults and children. She has experience as a Physical Therapist Assistant teaching kids with special needs. She has been teaching dance to all ages for 15 years.
Adrien Miller is a prolific and experimental visual artist working full time in figurative sculpture, painting, and pottery. He has taught youth art in low-income communities with Arts Corps, did a teaching artist residency through the Pacific Northwest Ballet creating huge set design murals with youth at Graham Hill Elementary, and has facilitated large scale collaborative clay sculptures with the Seattle International Children's Festival. He runs the ceramics program at Montlake community center, teaching weekly sculpture and pottery classes to youth and adults.
Karina Brossman has been singing in choirs, jazz groups and bands for over fifteen years and holds a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in theater and original works. Karina's background includes leading girls circles for middle school age kids, as well as having worked many years as a nanny, and a private voice coach. As a certified yoga instructor, she also teaches junior yoga at Yogabliss.
Chatara Hajje is an expressive arts teacher, psychotherapist, group facilitator, and ceremonialist. She holds a BA in psychology and the expressive arts from Evergreen State College, and is completing her MA in clinical mental health counseling at Antioch University. She was a professional dancer and actress for 15 years, and is currently teaching dance, art, drama, and music to elementary school students. She's been leading youth programs at numerous community centers, summer camps, after-school programs and retreats since 1999. She served in AmeriCorps for two years as a counselor for at-risk teens, and she loves using the arts to help bring youth to higher levels of self-awareness, confidence, creativity and emotional well-being.