Are you kids looking for new things to do? Does everything seem like it’s filled up already? Looking for something to occupy them next week? Leap of Joy’s annual summer camp starts tomorrow and we still have spots available!
Camp is a week long, starting from Monday, July 15th, and ending on Friday, July 19th. Activities include dance classes in many genres, as well as lessons in acting, script writing, making costumes, and crafts!
This summer, we have even more planned for our kids! As performers, we use our bodies as instruments and it’s important to keep those bodies well-tuned. A lot of that has to do with nutrition. Along with our awesome, high-energy dance classes, we plan to focus on learning better eating habits and keeping our bodies healthy.
Leap of Joy’s annual summer camp is a ton of fun; we always have a great time and the kids love it! If your child is interested in performing, this is a really great chance for them to try out all sorts of genres. We’ll have lessons in modern, jazz, and other types of dance as well as a final performance by the kiddos on Friday to show off all their new skills!
On top of that, on Friday we will also have a pool party, followed by a pizza lunch before the final performance.
Sound like something your child is interested in? Apply now! We also have scholarships still available!
Another school year finished! All the hard work–from our staff, to our teachers, and our students–culminates as it does every year in Leap of Joy’s biggest event: our annual recital, Care to Dance.
And what an event it was! Our 2019 show was held at the wonderful Boyd Vance Theatre, located in the George Washington Carver Museum in East Austin. We really loved this venue and are so thankful we had the opportunity to perform in it.
As a dancer myself, I know what it means to work so hard on a dance and then have the opportunity to perform it for my loved ones. No matter what your age, it is the grand moment, the goal which you work towards from the beginning. Here at Leap of Joy, it means so much to us to be able to give our kids the opportunity to perform. These kids work so hard, and it makes us so proud to see them shine on stage!
This year, our recital took place on May 5th, 2019–Cinco de Mayo! We had a killer raffle giveaway this year, with all sorts of amazing prizes, including tickets to the Alamo Drafthouse, date night provided by Il Brutto & Sway, jewelry from Kendra Scott, and our grand prize, two VIP tickets to ACL 2019! Congratulations to all of our lucky, lucky winners!
Finally, we’d like to thank all of you who came out to celebrate with us. Both the Leap of Joy staff as well as our students worked very hard to put this show together, and it means so much to see so many people out there willing to support our cause.
Missed the show, or want to relive it? Check out our gallery below!
For those of you who missed it, our spring fundraiser, happened on March 1st. It was a wonderful night, one that we will remember for some time to come! Eclectic Magic was a bringing-together of many different performers and many genres of dance with a common goal–to help raise money for our end of the year recital, Care to Dance.
On May 5th, 2019 (Cinco de Mayo!) all of the kiddos we’ve been working with at various AISD schools will come together to showcase what they’ve learned throughout the year. We’re very excited to see the final product of all that work! It’s a great opportunity for the kids, especially since the show this year is going to be held at the Boyd Vance Theater, which is part of the George Washington Carver Culture Center here in Austin.
It was great to see so many people come out and support us! Our goal is to make Care to Dance a truly memorable experience for our kids, and those who came out to Eclectic Magic–both the incredible talent and the wonderful spectators–have made a significant contribution to that goal!
We would like to thank our incredible performers:
- Alex Suha, who not only performed, but also helped host the event!
- Nina Shaw
- Matt Ely & Lisa Ann Kobdish
- Erica Trevino
- Jennifer Trigo
- Sebastian Saba
- Alex Miller
- Erinina Marie Ness
- Yvonne & Ann Keyrouz
- New Genesis
Seeing this eclectic group of talent together was definitely magical. Check out our great photos from the event, below!
We’d also like to extend a HUGE thank you to our local sponsors/donors, who helped make the event such a success!
Thank you to:
- House Wine
- La Matta
- Buzz Mill
- Il Brutto
- APT 115
- Sam Wish
- Sarah Annie Navarrette
- Nick Wilcox
- Jared West at Team West Real Estate
- Karin Begum & Shade Tree Lemonade
- Seam Project
- Jennifer Sherburn
- McCallum High School
- Board member Roxy Gage
- Blue Lapis Light
And, last but DEFINITELY not least, First Street Studios for your lovely space!
Join Leap Of Joy for our 4th Annual Dance & Theater Summer Camp! Campers will get their energy out moving to fun music, meet new friends, and learn what it takes to put on a performance in one week!
Training will be run by upbeat, experienced instructors. On Friday, campers will cool down at The High Road swimming pool before showcasing their dance and theater skills in a grand finale performance for their family and friends. *Snacks and water will be provided. Campers must bring their own lunch except for “Pizza Friday.”*
Does your child like to dance and act? Looking for a fun way to keep them occupied during the day? Leap of Joy”s Third Annual Dance and Theatre Camp is quickly approaching!
Campers will learn contemporary, hip hop, and jazz techniques, as well as basic theatre skills–including script writing, improv, and performance techniques. It all builds up to a final performance on Friday that promises to be out of this world! On top of that, before the final performance on Friday, the campers will get a pool day at The High Road on Dawson–with PIZZA! A perfect end to a perfect week!
We at Leap of Joy are so excited about this camp. We had so much fun last year and are really looking forward to making new memories. We’d love to have your kiddo join us for a week of great fun!
- $150/week for each additional child
- Scholarships are available!
We will provide snacks and water, but campers must bring their own lunch.
The High Road on Dawson (700 Dawson Rd, 78704)
- Dates: July 23rd-July 27th
- Camp Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
- Check-in Time: 9:00 am to 9:15 am
Thanks to generous donations, we have extra scholarships available! Please apply here.
Special Thanks to City of Austin Cultural and Texas Commission on the Arts for sponsoring our project
C3 Presents, Maudie’s Tex Mex, Leonard D’Almagro, Galaxy Café, Uchi & Uchiko Restaurants, VIA 313, The Tavern, Hoover’s, Birds Barbershop, Esther’s Follies, Shake Shack, Moonshine Bar & Grill, Lucy in Disguise, Magnolia Café, TopGolf, Omni Hotels & Resorts, Ruby’s BBQ, M&E Movie House & Eatery, The Thinkery, CATO, Guero’s, Alamo Draft Cinema and Amy’s Ice Cream.
Also, special thanks to KEYE TV “We Are Austin”, KUTX John Aielli, Eclecticos, iHeart Radio, Heather White PSA Show Inside Austin, ENTERCOM Public Affairs/PSA Radio, KAMX Mix 94.7, KKMJ Majic 95.5, 96.3 R&B and Talk 1370
We at Leap of Joy want to thank everyone who came out for our Ignite the Night fundraiser as well as to our recital. What a great time we all had! We had a great turnout for Ignite the Night, where we were regaled with comedians and serenaded by Sierra Shante and Bill Oliver and the Otter Space Band. Sunday saw a successful show with both returning and new schools represented. A big shout out must go to Bill Oliver and the Otter Space Band, and Oliver Rajamani for playing for us during the recital! Here are some photo highlights from both nights.
As part of Leap of Joy’s end-of-the-year fundraiser, we”re having a raffle with some seriously awesome prizes, including our grand prize–Two VIP wristbands to ACL in October! Raffle tickets are $5 for one and $20 for five. 100% of the proceeds from the raffle will go to funding a recital for underprivileged, low-income children and their families! Any extra funds will go to scholarships for our awesome summer camps. Pretty cool, eh?
Click here to purchase. ACL novices and pros alike can appreciate the benefits of ACL wristbands.
You get access to shade, relaxed seating, and premium, air-conditioned restrooms (!!!!) VIPs also have access to private bars, complimentary food, and all sorts of other goodies deprived of the regular festival-goers. As an ACL fanatic, I can tell you from experience how awesome it would be to win these tickets. Not a festival fan? We”re also raffling off a one-night stay at the Fairmont Hotel downtown. The Fairmont is a new luxury hotel connected to the Austin Convention Center. On top of this fancy overnight stay, you’ll also get 2 tickets to Esther”s Follies, an especially beloved Austin institution, located on Sixth–within walking distance of the hotel.
Some other awesome prizes you could win:
- Taste of Austin–featuring local restaurants, including Galaxy Cafe, Terry Black’s BBQ, and Maudie’s!
- A $150 HEB gift card–free groceries are always good!
- A Relaxation Package–includes Massage and Mani/Pedi prizes!
- And many more!
Raffle tickets are available online here, and will also be available for purchase at our Ignite the Night event tomorrow evening, as well as at Care to Dance! Winners will be announced on Sunday, April 22nd at Care to Dance, though there is no need to be present to win! Once again, all proceeds for these raffle tickets go to funding a recital for underprivileged, low-income students and their families. We would love for everyone to participate!
Double rainbow not included.
In the mood for some live music, stand-up, or a dance show? Looking for something to do on Friday, April 20th? Leap of Joy has just the thing! We are pleased to announce our awesome fundraiser, Ignite the Night- A Benefit for Leap of Joy!
Here are the stats:
- Friday, Apr 20th from 7:30 pm-10 pm
- Located at The High Road on Dawson—700 Dawson Rd, 78704 Map it!
- Price: $25 per person
We are so excited about this event! For every $25 ticket, you get BBQ tacos from Stubbs, one well drink, access to our awesome photo booth donated by Le PhotoBooth, plus games to play, raffles, and most importantly, entertainment all night! We will have Bill Oliver and the Otter Space Band, comedians Adam Weightman, Hope Carew, Allison O”Conor, and Drew Woods, and a special performance from our very own Sierra Shante!
This is truly a special event. All the proceeds will go toward funding our recital, which is free of charge for low income, at risk students and their parents. We provide costumes, transportation, and food for free for these kiddos! Any extra proceeds will go toward funding scholarships for our AWESOME summer camps.
(Interested in our summer camps? Check them out here.)
This is going to be a great night. An evening to spend with friends, share with a date, or enjoy as a family—all for a good cause! Please, come out, have a good time, and support Leap of Joy!
Interested in purchasing a ticket? Click this link to purchase online.
Stay tuned to this blog for further info!