Dance Team Winter Pre-Season AND 2017 Spring Season

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Head Coach:  Erin Kelly   email:  Dance@somdmontgomery.org  

Season: Coach Erin intends to offer a Winter Pre-Season Dance Team to provide an introduction of the Dance Choreography that will be focused on in the spring for preparation for Summer Games Competition. Due to the number of athletes who participate in Cheer or other spring sports and also wish to participate in Dance Team, Coach Erin is providing this pre-season and will only hold SPRING SEASON training every other week.

WINTER PRE-SEASON ONLINE SIGN-UP opens on or before Nov. 1, 2016 and will close the first of January, 2017. ONline Sign up for the spring season will open mid-February, 2017. All Athletes wishing to participate in the SPRING SEASON Dance Team and compete in Summer Games should sign-up now for the Winter Pre-season sessions.Coach Erin will determine if an athlete who participate ONLY in the spring season training will be eligible for Summer Games Competition.

Training:  On each training day: 2:30-3:30 – 8-15 year olds   /  3:45-4:45 – 16-21 year olds   /  4:45-5:45 – 22 and up
Dates we will meet: PRE-SEASON Dates:11/27/16,   12/4/16,   1/22/17,  2/19/17,  SPRING SEASON Dates: 3/12/17,   3/26/17,  4/2/17,   4/23/17,   5/14/17,   5/28/17,   6/4/17   Summer Games performance: Friday, June 9,2017

Where: The NEW Rockville Town Center Location for DCDC ( Dawn Crafton Dance Connection) is 152 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD, 20850

Competition:  Winter Pre-season Dance Team participation  is required for athletes planning to participate in the Spring Dance Team training for competition at 2017 Summer Games. The Choreography for the Summer Games Dances will be introduced and groupings will be determined.

The SOMO Dance Crew was developed in a partnership with Coach Erin and DCDC to give the Special Olympic Athletes a platform to compete and train within the professional dance world. Dawn Crafton Dance Connection in Rockville Town Center is happy to host the SOMO Dance Crew and also to share our fabulous faculty with you!

The benefits of dance training are:

  • Self-Esteem/Self-Confidence building
  • Freedom of expression in body
  • Memory and Concentration
  • Spatial Awareness
  • Refinement of Gross Motor Skills (i.e. Balance, Coordination)
  • Improvisational skills that aid in social interaction

Special Olympics Dance is viewed as a bridge toward a more fully equalized dance world, providing the same opportunities and experiences for all populations and experience levels with the desire to dance with excellence and freedom. By fostering an integrated, creative community of dance athletes and coaches, we look forward to sharing our dances and journeys together while setting goals for each individual that lead to self-actualization and ultimately joy. Let the dance begin!

SOMO Dance Crew is open to all registered athletes ages 8 and up. We will practice at Dawn Crafton Dance Connection in Rockville (NEW location!) , Maryland on Sunday afternoons. AGE GROUP-Specific schedule is above under training. OUR WINTER PRE-SEASON WILL ALLOW US TO OFFER AN INTRODUCTION TO THE CHOREOGRAPHY FOR THE DANCES THAT WE WILL FOCUS ON as we are looking forward to our second competition at the Summer Games in Towson as well as many other performance opportunities!

All athletes/volunteers must sign up for sport training prior to attending practice. Please sign up online as soon as possible so that we can make plans for coaching needs.

Athlete and volunteer application’s must be current UP TO THE date of the State Games for your sport. If you are unsure of a person’s status, click HERE to see list of names and expiration dates.

ATHLETES – Click HERE to sign up on-line for this sport’s training season. YOU MUST have the required Athlete Application (also know as Athlete Medical) already on file to sign up for a sport. If you are not sure if you have completed all the paperwork, please click HERE to review the requirements.

VOLUNTEERS – Click HERE to sign up on-line for this sport’s training season. YOU MUST have the required volunteer application already on file to sign up for a sport. If you are not sure if you have completed all the paperwork, please click HERE to review the requirements.

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