The inaugural Dance Camp will be held this week at Emporia State University, one of several camps that bring together high school students to learn new routines, which they’ll perform them at the Kansas Shrine Bowl on July 28th at Emporia State.
The dance camp will be one of three camps being held at ESU. The others include the cheerleading camp and the band camp. Eight students have signed up for the first-year dance camp, while over 100 students and sponsors will participate in the cheer camp, and 184 students will participate in the All-State Masonic Band.
The dance camp will be led by Megan Van Anne, the dance team coach at Emporia State, aptly called the ESU Stingers (Emporia State’s nickname is the Hornets). “We’ll be teaching them short routines that can be performed on the sidelines”, she says. “We’ll be stressing basic fundamentals, such as kicks, leaps, and jumps.”
Van Anne is happy that the Shrine Bowl has added the dance camp to this year’s opportunities for high school students. “Dance in general is more in the public eye, and has become very popular at games”, she says. “It’s great that the Shrine Bowl has expanded to include dance, pulling in more students to be part of the Shrine Bowl activities. We’re honored to be the first ones to conduct this new opportunity.”
The cheer camp will be conducted by the ESU cheerleading coach, Angela Blaufuss-Nunley. The Band Camp will be conducted by Nathan Gay, Director of Bands at ESU, and the ESU band staff.
The dance and cheer camps open on Thursday, July 26th. The band members report on Tuesday, July 24th for five days of preparation. Over 4,700 young people have performed in the Kansas Masonic All-State Marching Band since its inception in 1984. This will be the 29th year for the band, which was organized to add color and excitement to the game at a time of year when college and high school bands have not yet organized for the school year. The marching band is a project of the Kansas Masonic foundation. Sponsorship for each student is paid by local lodges and other affiliated bodies in their communities.
All Shrine Bowl events are produced and presented to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children [SHC]. SHC is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to the age of 18 are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients' ability to pay. The 39th annual Kansas Shrine Bowl will be played Saturday, July 28th, 2012, in Emporia, Kansas, at Welch Stadium on the Emporia State University campus. Kickoff will be at 7:00 pm. Tickets and additional information are available at www.kansasshrinebowl.com or by calling 800-530-5524.