Summer Camp, Featuring Nashville Ballet 

Summer Guide 2011: Hidden Gems

Summer Guide 2011: Hidden Gems
click to enlarge Brendon LaPier, Alexandra Meister, Andrea Vierra and Sadie Bo Harris bask in the summer sun — while also maintaining excellent foot position. The dancers of the Nashville Ballet assemblé into the 2011-2012 season at TPAC’s Polk Theater on Oct. 28 with their production of Cinderella.
Female swimsuits and sunglasses provided by Everything But Water. On Sadie: Polo Lauren Monokini: $109. Sunglasses: $24. On Andrea: White Carmen Marc Valvo bikini: $83. Sunglasses: $24. On Alexandra: Polo Lauren bikini: top $63, bottom $53. On Brendon: hat and white shirt provided by Levy’s. Swimsuit: model’s own.
Photographed outside the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Eric England

Brendon LaPier, Alexandra Meister, Andrea Vierra and Sadie Bo Harris bask in the summer sun — while also maintaining excellent foot position. The dancers of the Nashville Ballet assemblé into the 2011-2012 season at TPAC’s Polk Theater on Oct. 28 with their production of Cinderella. Female swimsuits and sunglasses provided by Everything But Water. On Sadie: Polo Lauren Monokini: $109. Sunglasses: $24. On Andrea: White Carmen Marc Valvo bikini: $83. Sunglasses: $24. On Alexandra: Polo Lauren bikini: top $63, bottom $53. On Brendon: hat and white shirt provided by Levy’s. Swimsuit: model’s own. Photographed outside the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Canoes and archery and "Kumbaya" around the campfire are fine and all, but when school's out for the summer — no more pencils out till fall! — and the days seem endless, there is more to be learned, honed and discovered. Case in point: The Nashville Ballet's official educational arm, The School of Nashville Ballet, hosts a number of summer dance camps for kids as young as 4, exploring rhythm, movement and, y'know, fairies and princes and stuff. (Full-day campers get VIP backstage passes to meet the happy couple after seeing the ballet's production of Cinderella.)

This is Music City, after all, so music-oriented camps are bound to abound — bass player extraordinaire Victor Wooten, for his part, combines music instruction with Walden-esque immersion at his bass/nature and music/nature camps, hosted at Wooten Woods on the banks of the Duck River (www.wootenwoods.com).

Now in its ninth year, the Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp (www.sgrrc.com) convenes July 25-30 at MTSU, providing a weeklong clinic for riot grrrls in training. Also run by YEAH (Youth Empowerment through the Arts and Humanities), the Tennessee Teens Rock and Roll Camp (www.tntrockcamp.org) provides a coed band camp experience July 11-16 at University School of Nashville. Proof that TNTRC launches careers: Snakeyez, made up of junior high-age alumni of last year's inaugural camp, performed two original tunes onstage at The Groove on Record Store Day.

For the less instrumentally inclined, Metro Parks offers a Summer Enrichment Program at 22 community centers around Nashville from June 1 to July 31. More info on the programs, which include sports, cultural arts, environmental awareness and games, is available at participating centers.

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