The Harris YMCA Rocks Another Solid Summer of Camp Tu-Tu
Everyday last week Sutton’s dream came true when I let her out of the house and into the “real world” (as she calls it) donning her princess dress. Did she stick out like a sore thumb? Not even close. Sutton was perfectly in place sitting amongst a sea of tulle at the Harris YMCA’s whimsical Dance Camp (lovingly nicknamed Camp Tu-Tu).
I love this magical week and look forward to it every summer. Sutton comes home abuzz with stories of singing, dancing, and fairytales. For five solid days my little ballerina lives in a fantasyland brilliantly orchestrated by the Dance Studio staff at the Harris Y. This talented group of dancers transforms their studio into a campers dream with special areas designated for crafts, dance, acting, and songs. Camp Tu-Tu runs for majority of the summer and it never, ever gets stale. No week is the same and each stays fresh with its own special theme.
The camp is divided into small huddles (separated by age). The huddles master teamwork skills and confidence as they shout positive chants while working on dance moves and creative play. The week is full of special events including a fashion show, a bead ceremony, the ever popular “Wacky Wednesday”, and a visit from a “real” princess. Weeks after camp ends, Sutton still sings the songs and plays the games she learned.
On the final day of camp, I sat and waited for the “end of the week” show to begin. I watched as Sutton entered the room with a smile and a flash of sparkles. She twirled her way through the routines all with the confidence of a true princess. It hit me. Life moves fast. All too soon Sutton will hang up her Belle and Cinderella dresses for the final time. She will move on to another phase that I’m sure will bring me as much joy as this one. But, for now I adore the phase she is in and secretly smile knowing that my summer is ruled by castles, Snow White, and Camp Tu-Tu.
For more information on Camp Tu-Tu and the YMCA Dance Program? Visit their website below.