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Spectrum in Motion Dance Theater Ensemble, Inc. – Instruments of Culture, Dance & Anthropology

Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105


  • Academic Enrichment
  • Art
  • Career Exploration
  • Dance
  • Educational Activities
  • Field Trips
  • Fitness
  • Health and Wellness
  • Music
  • Theater

Ages Served:

3–18 years old

Areas Served:

Avon, Bloomfield, East Hartford, Hartford, Manchester, West Hartford

Program Length:

1 week, Special sessions

Start Date:

June 20, 2022 (first session)

End Date:

August 12, 2022 (last session)

Hours of Operation:

8:30 am–4:30 pm


$500-$1,000 ; Financial Aid Available ; Offers Reduced Fee Based on Family Income. Participants must attend the last two weeks before the performances in order to participate. Our additional week for teens is a requirement for our summer interns.

Staff has had CPR/First Aid training and Mandatory Reporting training; one member has been certified to supervise food handling by the CT State Department of Public Health. We also have one certified Yoga instructor on staff.

To Register:

Thulani Paz Davis
Director of Programming
City Arts on Pearl
233 Pearl Street #22
Hartford, CT 06103
[email protected]
413-219-5537 (mobile)

Register online at https://spectruminmotion.org/programs/

More about our camp:

Instruments of Culture is designed to serve young people aged 4 and up with classes suitable for each age group.  The vocabularies of movement include exploring both the dance and the music of the world’s cultures.   The program is aligned with Common Core Standards and culminates with two performances of an original contemporary ballet based on children’s books.  

We point to updates from the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) that state that “Research shows that creativity and innovation are essential characteristics for employment in the American economy. (National Center on Education and the Economy, 2007.)  Dance taught as an artistic discipline develops 21st century skills required in our workforce – the ability to focus, be persistent and engaged in one’s work; exercise tolerance, cooperation and collaboration; to solve big problems and exercise critical thinking; and be creative, imaginative and innovative. (AEP ImaginNation 2008; Research in Dance Education database 2009.) Dance supports these skills.”  This body of research shows:  “. . .that students of multicultural and minority populations in secondary schools test as kinesthetic learners. (Clara C. Park, 1997a, 1997b, 2000; Stephen E. White 1992) the process information physically through bodily movement and through their senses. (Piaget, Werner,)  We do this.

Our approach is reinforced by the work of Developmental Psychologist Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD.  “After- school and summer programs for teenagers can be transformative. What tweens and teens learn during their time away from school can help them develop social skills, leadership skills, greater knowledge of themselves, and foster friendships with peers. – .. . . pointing teens to activities that are fun, and also offer opportunities to develop character strengths, skills, and abilities that will last a lifetime.”  “Roots of Action” describes the role of “resiliency” in positive youth development which is one key factor in addressing the City’s priorities for youth.  “When young people learn to overcome challenges and meet risk head on, they learn to be resilient. They learn that exploration beyond their comfort zones often leads to unexpected rewards and psychological peaks. They develop courage, curiosity, self-confidence, and persistence”  We do this.

We share a vision with other arts organizations: that the arts are key to fully building learning skills, emotional intelligence and critical thinking.  And as we continue our mission and partner with the community, we are a unique, truly multi-cultural, multi discipline arts education organization.  

We affirm our history of making dance, growing dancers and building community. Dance becomes our metaphor, our way to provide a means of expression, a way to take risks in a safe environment and to learn new things. This is what we offer the children and families we serve.

Instruments of Culture is Allergen-Friendly, Special Needs Accessible, and Summer School Compatible.