About Camp Kate
Camp Kate was created in the summer of 2010 as a fundraiser for Kate Jablonski’s New York Capezio Ace Award Professional Show. What began as a one-day workshop, has grown to three levels of three-day intensives attracting Jablonski fans of all ages from across the globe. This intimate experience continues to draw dancers to Chicago every summer.
Campers have the opportunity to train with Kate in a positive, friendly, and fun setting. Classes in jazz, contemporary, musical theater, technique, progressions, conditioning, improvisation, and partnering – all taught by Kate herself – are offered. This is a rare chance to train with Kate and learn from her unique and animated teaching style.
What is Camp Kate Like?
Camp Kate’s goal is to challenge each individual dancer not only in class but also through performance opportunities. Besides the incredible classes and exciting scholarships, Camp Kate includes a choreography showcase as well as an impressive closing show where dancers can share their progress from the week with family and friends.
Campers are encouraged to submit pieces in the Campers’ Choreography Review, a showcase rather than competition, that welcomes student choreography, works in progress, and competition routines that receives audio feedback from Kate. Kate’s favorite number in the show receives the prestigious “Kate’s Choice Award”. The winning dance is professionally filmed and posted to the Camp Kate website and Kate’s YouTube channel, which has over 20 million views and reaches over 50 thousand subscribers. The winner is announced at the end of the showcase. The Campers’ Choreography Review creates a supportive environment where dancers can build confidence within themselves and appreciate the talent of their fellow campers.
If campers are over the age of 18, take class in the Pro level, and submit a solo in the Choreography Review, they are eligible to win a FREE trip to Europe to assist Kate at an International Camp Kate in August! Airfare and lodging are covered for the lucky winner of this once in a lifetime opportunity. The two runners up in this European challenge are awarded with the opportunity to assist Kate in a city in the United States within the next year. The winner is announced at the closing showcase for the Pro- Camp Kate is an unparalleled dance event that unites artists from around the world. Kate’s ability to encourage self-expression and confidence among all ages and levels makes this camp truly unforgettable.
“My favorite thing about Camp Kate (besides dancing with Miss Kate!) is meeting all the dancers that come from all over the world!”
“Camp Kate pushed me every day; it allowed me to step outside my comfort zone and explore new techniques. I absolutely loved every day…I hope I can return for years to come!!!!”
“My daughter has attended Camp Kate for the past 3 years in the intermediate (8-12 year old) division. Although it is only 3 days, I am always amazed at how much technique, choreography and conditioning can be packed into such a short period of time! Kate is incredibly talented – there is such detail in her unique choreography, and she is also very nurturing and supportive of each dancer who attends. Every year my daughter has left this intensive feeling challenged and inspired, and continues to work on what she has learned from Kate throughout the year. I would definitely recommend Camp Kate to anyone who is able to attend!”
“My experience at Camp Kate was unlike any other camp/ convention I’ve ever been to! After the first day Kate knew almost everyone’s names, which really made everyone feel at home and comfortable at the studio. Kate and her assistants were very involved in making sure everyone had the best experience possible, and they did an amazing job! I will definitely be making the return journey from Saskatchewan to Chicago for next years Camp Kate. “
“My favorite thing about Camp Kate is seeing all the wonderful dancers and learning a variety of different styles of dance.”
“My daughter’s first experience at Camp Kate built up her stage confidence tremendously. Creating a dance and participating in the showcase surrounded by such exquisite talent was her favorite activity all summer! She can’t wait to come back.”