The Young People's Program (YPP)
The 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
We will be coordinating co-op style care for our youngest campers. 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.
We will add teacher bios on an on-going basis, as they are confirmed. Below is a selection of last years teachers.
Lauren E. Harrison, MA, R-DMT is a Registered-Dance/Movement Therapist, Teaching Artist, and Expressive Mover. She is filled with curious excitement about the psychology of movement, which she loves to share with others. She has taught dance and facilitated expressive movement groups for 16 years within schools, non-profit organizations, privately owned businesses, community health centers, and hospitals. Her experience includes working with children (ages 3-12), adolescents, and adults, including people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delays, and other special needs. Her clinical experience includes working with individuals in acute crisis who have severe mental illness and/or dual diagnosis. She is deeply committed to providing and co-creating safe spaces for social connection and self-expression to occur. She believes in the healing powers of group work, creativity, and dance and sees this combination of ingredients as the recipe to achieve integration of the whole person (mind, body and spirit.) Lauren is delighted to be a part of the YPP this year and looking forward to smiling, laughing, and learning with creative hearts and minds.
Gabriela Condrea is a world-traveled Argentine Tango teacher and author of the book When 1+1=1: That "Impossible" Connection. She is known for her work on connection (Tango is About the Connection), and has been teaching kids since she herself was a teenager, helping with swimming lessons at age 13, and teaching gymnastics to kids 3-10 years old at Seattle Gymnastics Academy since she was 14 (for 10 years total). Gabriela went on to teach 8th grade for 4 years in the School District of Philadelphia and the Seattle Public Schools, until she stumbled upon tango during a trip to South America. She has been sharing her passion for tango since 2010 with people of all ages, from 5 to 80+, and has presented her work throughout Western Europe, North America, and Buenos Aires.
Christian Swenson has an extensive background in dance, mime, voice and improvisation, and is known for his pioneering work in a form he calls "Human Jazz", a global fusion of dance/drama/music for body and voice. His work as a solo performer and teacher has taken him to many schools and communities throughout North America, Asia and Europe. Christian has been recipient of several fellowships, is on the Theater Faculty at Seattle University. He and his wife, Abigail, have two grown children.
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.
Ethan Clarkmoore has been facilitating blindfolded movement since 2006 after experiencing Karl Frost’s 2 hour blindfolded theater experience called Axolotl. He holds semiregular public events at Yogalife Greenlake 1st Saturdays as well as private events in Seattle and has shared this with Portland, Oakland and in the Northwest Music Festival scene. The music sets are soft and ambient to dancey with occasional live music sets from local artists who sonically guide the collective movement flow.
Robyn Bjornson began working with youth at om culture 5 years ago where she developed her leadership for creating dance and movement games with children. From there she completed a Creative Dance teacher training, with Anne Green Gilbert in Seattle where she learned brain compatible dance education, and how to teach dance to people of all ages that is holistic in nature and uses methods to further develop the brain and body connection. Robyn is currently studying Dance choreography, and Dance therapy at the Evergreen state college, and is teaching partner dance classes in Olympia Washington. For the past year she has been in several different Butoh dance performances and been studying dance and movement daily. Robyn's movement background is a fusion of Yoga, Partner Acrobatics, Blues Dancing, Contact improv, Ecstatic dance and Butoh dance theater. She is an avid mover and shaker, and loves to create classes and dance pieces that help gently push peoples edges, learn new ways to feel and connect with their bodies and experience different ways to interact with others on the dance floor. She has worked and taught people with all different ages and backgrounds and believes in the power of dance to heal on a personal, relational and global scale. Her spirit in playful, gentle, and excited about getting people to dance!
Anto Ferrante has developed his own style of yoga to bring balance to the physical, emotional and mental states by blending viniyoga, qigong, kundalini yoga, pranayama and meditation. He has been practicing viniyoga over the past 18 years and has been teaching yoga in Seattle Public Schools and privately for the past five years. He has also been a passionate ecstatic and contact improvisation dancer for the past seven years. His goal is to awaken awareness and bring balance to others, and help them to find and express their full potentials. Anto’s teaching style is playful and his friends think that his smile is contagious.
In his day job, Anto is a Professor at the University of Washington, where he teaches students to shoot for the stars and launch their careers as aeronautical engineers.
Michal Lahav began her love affair with contact improv in 1998. Since then she has explored it across the globe, in national parks, her living room, and perhaps yours too. She has taught numerous workshops locally as well as at dance festivals, including SFDI, West Coast Contact Festival and at institutes, including Seattle University, Louis and Clark College, and SANCA Circus Arts school. She also organizes the annual Orcas Island Jam. Michal integrates studies of yoga and dance with a curiosity for movement, human behavior and a great lust for everyday life.
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.