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.
Below is a selection of some of our confirmed 2018 teachers. We will continue to add teacher bios as they are confirmed.
Jamie Mulligan-Smith Combining over twenty years of performance experience in theatre, dance, fire arts, and original spoken word with twenty years of experience working with children, Jamie is excited to offer her passion for play and self-expression to the children of Dance Camp Northwest. In addition to holding a BA in Dance from UCLA and a K-8 MCLAD Teaching Certificate, Jamie recently spent 6 months in a residential artistic immersion program with the Double Edge Theatre Company in Western Massachusetts. She spent winter 2017 and winter 2018 touring with the London based non-profit Performers Without Borders, performing circus and facilitating circus instruction for children living in high poverty circumstances in India and Kenya respectively.
Jenn Odell received zhir Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from Principia College in 2012. Zie has worked as an instructor of musical theatre and theatre movement at Village Theatre KIDSTAGE, Stone Soup Theatre, Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater, TakeLessons, MusicWorks Northwest and many other notable theater and musical organizations. Jenn received a teaching artist certification from the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab 2013-2014 and received a Best Actress Award in 2014 for zhir character work at Haunted Nightmare At the Nile in Mountlake Terrace. Jenn has worked with youth of all ages in a variety of creative disciplines ranging from arts and crafts to voice, dance, and scene study. Zie believes in the teaching philosophy that all children have creative potential, and strives to nurture the performer in all young people in a fun and light-hearted approach!
Natalie and Vera lead the kids programs including Om tots, After school program and the summer camps at Om Culture. They enjoying challenging and inspiring their students to safely push the limits of what they can do. They encourage students to listen to their bodies and creatively discover new ways of movement and find the delicate balance between caution and courage. Between the two of them they have a breadth of experience to draw from including hammock silks, straight silks, lyra, pole dancing, acro yoga, hula hooping, and fire props.
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!