Sammatti camp for adults and teens 19.7.–27.7.2019

Our famous dance camp is organized already for the 20th time!
Sammatti camp is aimed for ballet intermediate 3 to advanced amateur students (minimum 4-5 years of training) and students in professional training programs. Teens can enroll from 15 years. Younger students in consideration by organizers.

The repertoire will be Don Quijote and the teachers Jane Spackman, Kirsi Aromaa and Susanna Leinivaara (stretching).

At the end of the course, on the 27th July, there will be a performance at 3 pm. The soloists will be Rebecca King and Sergei Popov from Finnish National Ballet. After the performance we will have a 20-year celebration party with program, and it is possible to stay until Sunday at the school.

The price of the camp: 485 €, which includes the dance classes, accommodation and meals. (Travelling expenses not included)

Course number: 19105

(Enroll before 26.5.2019 )

Information about programme: Anita Remitz, tel. +358 503362208 or anita.remitz@helsinki.fi

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BACKGROUND

As it is difficult to leave the beautiful Sammatti in summer we combined cottage life with dance in old community houses reborn as dance studios. Sammatti Dance Camp was started by us and the Helsinki Dance Institute in 2000 to teach mainly ballet for enthusiastic amateurs by professionals. We wanted to combine an intensive training course with a good final performance. This was done together with dancers mainly from the Finnish National Ballet. Last year the teachers were ballet pedagog Jane Spackman, prima ballerina Ulrika Hallberg and etoile dancer Michal Krčmář and we performed the Swan Lake- ballet.  The participants of the camp have been amateur dancers with at least 3 to 4 years of ballet training and in the last years we have had also professionally training students participating in the camp which has made it possible to produce even a whole ballet! During the last years we have done many big productions: many Bournonville ballets (Napoli, Folktale, La Ventana, Conservatory and Kermes in Brugge), Don Quijote, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty and Bayadere and Swan Lake. Sammatti is the only place except for the Danish Royal Ballet where so many Bournonville-ballets have been performed. Since 2000 the Sammatti Dance Camp has been an annual event, always around end July/beginning of August.

The idea of the camp has been to combine amateur and professional dancers for an intensive training period – and it has been really rewarding to work together for a joint performance.

ABOUT SAMMATTI
Sammatti is a small village of 1700 people, located 77 km west of Helsinki. From the beginning of the year 2009 Sammatti village has been connected to Lohja city. The Lönnrot-opisto school is located 2 km before Sammatti village if you arrive from Helsinki. In Sammatti village there is 1 grocery store where you can buy food if needed and a pharmacy. Unfortunately there is no cash dispenser in Sammatti. You can swim in the lake in Sammatti village or about 2.5 km from Sammatti (close to a restaurant called Kievari). If you have a bicycle or a car it will help you to get around.

Elias Lönnrot, a physician, author and first professor in Finnish Literature, was born in Sammatti. He collected our national epos “Kalevala”. He came from simple surroundings but became an important person in Finnish cultural life. Later in life he returned to his beloved Sammatti. His homes are museums nowadays. Several authors have lived/live in Sammatti and there are also many art exhibitions.

DANCE CLASSES
There will be dance classes 5 to 6 hours a day. The dance classes are in two studios located close to the school: Nuorisoseuran talo or Lärvätsalo (about 100 m from the school) and in the attic of the formerly barn of the Lönnrot school. The school renovated a stage (10 x10 meter) for us in the attic ten years ago! A more detailed schedule will be done when we know the participants of the course.

PERFORMANCE
At the end of the course there will be a PERFORMANCE at the Lönnrot school at 3 pm.

ARRIVAL
The camp starts on Friday afternoon with a general information and dinner at the school. There is a bus connection from Helsinki via Lohja to Sammatti. If you arrive from abroad there is a fast express bus connection from the airport to Turku. You need to get off at the Sammatti/Saukkola stop (liittymä 21) (about 4 km from the school). We will pick you up from there. After this there will be a welcome party. Here you will learn to know the teachers and the other participants of the course. The classes start on Saturday morning.

T-SHIRT AND A FLEECE JACKET
We have every year printed a T-shirt for the course and often also a college or a fleece jacket, which you can order if you like (the price for the t-shirt has been approximately 15 euros, the college jacket around 25 euros).

WHAT IS NEEDED IN ADDITION TO YOUR PERSONAL BELONGINGS:
– sheets, sleeping bag (if you arrive from abroad, we can try to organize sheets and a blanket for you)
– soft ballet shoes
– point shoes (girls)
– girls: white or pink dance tights, white or skin coloured pants for the performance, bun equipment
– boys: black tights
– sewing equipment
– bathing suit and towel
– warm clothes for the evening
– several training clothes
– raincoat/umbrella
– possibly character shoes (depending on the repertoire)

For information please contact Anita Remitz, tel. +358 50336 2208 or anita.remitz@helsinki.fi