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Weston Campers Take Final Bows

WESTON, Conn. – Campers used movement, music and art to show off the skills they learned at the Creative Arts/Enrichment Camp to their families Friday.

The instructors – Jean Dovo, Jane Jessep and Liz Ward – have been with the Weston camp since its inception 12 years ago. This year's theme was "The End is the Beginning."

Dovo teaches the movement aspect – where campers "learn to move from the inside out."

"It's a free-flowing movement that is out-of-the-box. It's very creative. They took the theme and worked with it," said Dovo. On Friday, the campers used their artwork to dance to original choreography – some to music played by other campers.

Jessep, music instructor at the camp, helps campers to create set pieces for the performance. "Children all create a simple, attractive, interesting pattern that can be put together with other patterns," she said. The campers played xylophones and metalophones and some added vocal lines – which came from the children's imaginations.

Ward helps campers provide a prop for the performance – "something for them to work off of in the dance," she said. In the beginning of the performance, a camper slowly danced onto the stage holding a long, colorful string. As she walked on and off stage, moving her empty arm freely to the music, more and more campers grabbed hold of the string. They finally formed a circle – representing the camps theme – "The End is the Beginning."

The camp began June 27 for students entering grades 3 through 6. In addition to music, movement and art, the campers also participated in cooking with instructor Cathy Klein. The camp is run by Weston Youth Services at Weston Intermediate School.

Did you attend the Creative Arts/ Enrichment Camp? What did you think? Leave your comments below.

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