THEATRE SUMMER CAMP at Ovations Dance Academy Of Tampa

New York professional performer brings his beloved studio performance camp to Tampa.

Previews: OUR SOLE PURPOSE TAP SHOWCASE at Straz CenterEnrollment is now open for Ovations Dance Academy of Tampa's 2023 Summer Theater Camp in Tampa and Dunedin for participants ages 5 to adult.

On May 30 - June 2, join Ovations Stage and Film Workshop with award-winning Broadway director Stephen Nachamie at the Tampa studio. Students aged eight and up should have their song prepared and monologue ready for assessment by Nachamie.

A professional touring actor, New York transplant, Ovations founder and artistic director Orlando Peña brought his love of theatre and beloved New York studio to Tampa in 2021.

He explained that he and Nachamie worked decades ago in Bellport, New York's Gateway Playhouse. Among Nachamie's many accolades is being the associate director of "She Loves Me" on Broadway. Students will get a firsthand look at the theatre industry and work to develop and expand their performance skills.

"He will talk about the industry, how to audition, coaching them on performing their song for an audition, and for monologues, he will either coach them or give them material and guide them on his process," said Peña.

Two workshops are open for performers ages 8 to 13 and ages 14 to adult.

"I think there's a real need for serious acting and technique classes for adults. This is my way of tapping into the community of Tampa and seeing what people want and are looking for."

On June 5-16, Ovations is hosting a Salsa Camp and a Circus Camp for ages five to 14 in Tampa and Dunedin.

Latin instructors Orvest Law and Mari Garcia will immerse the class in the moves of Salsa. In contrast, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus and Cirque du Soleil performer instructor Grace Brett will teach workshop activities, including plate spinning, juggling, stilt walking, and acting/pantomime.

"With the Salsa and circus, my goal is to allow students to experience different flavors of art forms."

On June 19-30, Peña has a unique Disney program scheduled in both locations. Ages five and up will explore the world of princesses, princes, villains, and other favorite characters through songs and dances in musical theatre. Older students will serve as mentors for the younger campers. On the last day of class, students will showcase what they've learned to their parents.

"Every studio promotes, oh, Disney camp is fun, safe, and they'll act and dance. To me, it's quite boring and generic. We will look deeper at the characters, like talking about Pocahontas or Cinderella. We will look at what obstacles they had to deal with and share with the kids what they had to overcome. While we're not playing therapist, we'll ask questions like what's the challenging activity you do throughout the day or something you have difficulty dealing with? How did Pocahontas or Cinderella handle it compared to how would you handle it to come out as a winner? Yes, these characters are beautiful, but we want to dig deeper, study the character, and explore the beauty within."

Ovations Dance Academy will continue with regular ballet, jazz, tap, Broadway tap-style, musical theatre, and hip-hop classes in the afternoons. These culminate in a community performance. For adults, Ovations teaches ballet, musical theatre, tap, and jazz.

Summer camp classes and workshops are available individually or discounted as a camp package. All instructors have been through stringent background checks.

"My main goal with the summer camp is to teach kids how to communicate, getting them out of their cell phones and out of their heads. Here, it's not about competition or winning that big trophy for the studio. You might be a great singer or actor, but nothing will come through unless you put your heart into it. This work is the art of giving - not getting an award. It's about the love of why I'm here - sharing the love of the theatre."

Ovations Dance Academy of Tampa, located at 13847 W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, is open from 830 AM - 930 PM, Monday - Sunday. The Dunedin camp location is at Academie Da Vinci Charter School for the Arts, 1060 Keene Road. Learn more about classes and register for camp at both locations at

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