The summer camp season at Stoneleigh-Burnham School is well under way. The first two camps to kick off were the Intensive Riding Camp, headed by SBS Riding Instructor Marilyn Bennett, and the Sorvino Dance Intensive, headed by Ann Sorvino, dance teacher and Chair of the SBS Performing Arts Department.
The seven campers in Intensive Riding Camp spent nearly the whole day riding, with three lessons each day. They began with a two-hour flat lesson in the morning, and after lunch had two jumping lessons, one with gymnastic type exercises and one putting courses together.
Said Mina Williams, Director of Riding at SBS, who gave one of the lessons, “[Campers] would switch horses within the lessons to get used to handling all types of horses. Everyone learned a lot and had a lot of fun.”
Campers in the Sorvino Dance Intensive also have a full day filled with fun. For example, on a recent day, they were in the studio by 8:15 a.m. for Pilates strength training and massage. Lessons through the day included ballet, hip hop, and working in three different groups to create new dances in just half a week, preparing for the final performance. They also enjoy a welcome break for swimming, evening activities such as going to the Creamee, and a trip to Jacob’s Pillow on Friday.
Of the experience, one of the campers, Cate, said, “I thought it was really fun last year, so I recommended it to Rachel and brought her along this year.”
The next two camps to start up were Bonnie Castle Riding Camp, directed by Mina Williams, and A Voice of Her Own Debate and Public Speaking, directed by Paul Bassett, Head Coach of the SBS Debate and Public Speaking Society.