Eights/Nines Choice Classes

Eights/Nines Choice Class Season Overview

Choice Classes meet Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for an hour.

 

Below are Choice Classes from the 2019 seasons. Stay tuned for the 2020 offerings!

 

Session 1: June 24th- July 3rd
Block A:
Superhero Creators
Beginner Chess
Turn Out the Lights!
Improv City
Zumba Beats
Block B:
Clowning Around!
Intermediate Chess
Obstacle Course
Basketball
Block C:
Mixed Media Self-Portrait Posters
Get Up to Get Down
Basketball
Book Binding
Session 2: July 8th- July 19th
Block A:
Double Dare!
Team Games
Cardboard Creations
Studio Sessions
Intermediate Chess
Block B:
Improv City
Terrific Tappers
Checkmate
Soccer Skills
Cityscapes NYC
Block C:
World Art Extravaganza
Zumba Beats
Little Red Unplugged
Basketball
Session 3: July 22- August 2nd
Block A:
RPG 101
Weird Science
Clay Mask Making
Intermediate Chess
Zumba Beats
Block B:
Dance for the Camera
Power Animals
Introduction to Stage Acting
Basketball
Block C:
Yes, And!
Mixed Media Self-Portrait Posters
Checkmate
Ultimate Frisbee

Session 1

Block A: 9:30-10:30



Superhero Creators (Matthew Mahler) Are you a superhero superfan? Do you find yourself daydreaming about what powers and super abilities make up the perfect hero? Have you ever wished you could create your own superhero? In this choice class campers will draw their own superhero and then bring it to life in the 3rd dimension, using papier mache and paint! Learn new skills and put your creativity to the ultimate test.

Beginner Chess (David Rigo) In this class students will learn the rules of the game and develop an understanding of opening principles. This is a great class for someone who has never played before.

Turn Out the Lights! (James Miner) Why do we all like playing in the dark? Because often being a little scared can lead to a lot of fun! Campers will challenge themselves to use their remaining four senses to play traditional “camp games” (e.g. gaga, tag games, museum). Prior to games, campers will also be invited to explore one of their remaining senses (smell, hearing, taste and touch). Join me…if you dare!

Improv City (Nora Woolley) Discover the fun of spontaneous theater as you delight in a variety of improvisation-based theater games that encourage ensemble, imagination, storytelling, rule-making/rule-breaking and healthy risk taking (that rhymes!). What is it like to flex your comedian, dramatic, maestro, animal magnetic selves in one class? How about in one exercise? Enter a ton of different worlds, even put on an entire play at the drop of a hat, and learn what it is like to say “yes and” while committing to all of the wonderful sides of yourself.

Zumba Beats (Gabrielle Meadows) Get movin’ and groovin’ to the Zumba beat. This class is a rocking, high-energy dance party packed with specially choreographed routines and all the music campers love. Campers will have a chance to create their own routines and on the final day, they’ll host a Zumba class for other campers to participate in!

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Session 1

Block B: 1:30-2:30



Clowning Around! (Annie Perales) Have you ever wanted to join the circus? Now’s your chance! Campers will learn about the art of clowning and explore juggling, spinning plates and mini acrobatics. The class will culminate in a circus performance for fellow campers in which we present our goofy, silly, clown characters.

Intermediate Chess (David Rigo) In this chess class students will have a refresher on the rules and fundamentals of chess and be introduced to basic chess tactics and endgames. This is a great class for students who know how the pieces move, but might want a little review.

Obstacle Course (Dane Aska) Are you ready for a challenge?  Work together as a team to participate in relay races, navigate a series of obstacles as you attempt to complete the course!  We’ll focus on strategy, collaboration, and sportsmanship as the keys to success.

Basketball (Danny Tom) Learn how to dribble, pass and shoot a basketball! If you already have experience in basketball this is a good class for you too because it will be a fun way to practice the skills that make basketball more fun to play! We will practice basketball skills with fun drills and games that will keep our bodies moving and our brains engaged!

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Session 1

Block C: 2:30-3:30



Mixed Media Self-Portrait Posters (Kevin Farrant) By examining self-portraits of famous artists throughout history, we’ll learn about the proportions of the human face as we practice creating our own self-portraits. Campers will be introduced to both hand drawn and collage techniques in order to achieve a unique composition for their own portrait posters. We’ll practice cutting, glueing, drawing and tearing, and consider the question: “How do I want to be seen?”

Get Up to Get Down (Danielle Staropoli) Dance, dance, dance! This class will explore a variety of dance techniques, including: flexions and extensions, limb rotations, stretch, swings, bends and twists, plus control in balance (two feet, one foot, other body points). We will use our new techniques to collaborate in improvisations, while inventing original movements in response to music, images, words and ideas.

Basketball (Josh Antoine) Learn how to dribble, pass and shoot a basketball! If you already have experience in basketball, this is a good class for you too because it will be a fun way to practice the skills that make basketball more fun to play! We will practice basketball skills with fun drills and games that will keep our bodies moving and our brains engaged!

Book Binding (Victoria Vreeland) Book binding is a centuries-old tradition that has, over time, transformed and evolved into the books we love today! Campers will learn this time-honored craft as they create their own handmade journals. They’ll fold and sew the pages, create the boards that will become the covers, and design and customize their cover artwork. Campers will come away from this choice class with the basic understanding of how to bind a book, as well as a new appreciation for this age old craft.

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Session 2

Block A: 9:30-10:30



Double Dare! (James Miner) Teams of campers will compete in wildly fun, mental and physical challenges. Classes begin with a range of trivia categories, including: Bigger or Smaller, Name that Counselor, Which Borough,Weird Science and more. Be the first to “buzz in” with the correct answer, and save your team precious time towards completing the Double Dare Obstacle Course. Each class, counselors and campers will create a unique obstacle course that is fun, challenging, and rewarding. Balance, climb, and crawl your way to victory!

Team Games (Jake Tiner) Campers will play games with a common theme: teams! Campers will learn how to work together to accomplish a common goal while having a blast! Games will range from traditional team games like kickball and capture the flag to trivia style game shows, sardines, and bounce out!

Cardboard Creations (Matthew Mahler) Cardboard is a super accessible and multi-purpose material with tons of potential when it comes to creating art works. Young artists can expect to master the basic skills of joining, folding and scoring it while on the journey towards making their own creations. There are no limitations in this choice class. If you can imagine it, you can create it!

Studio Sessions (Eric Royo) In this digital performing arts class you will learn to create beats, record songs, and produce visual stories to make your music come alive. The art of making digital music is at your fingertips. Producers, singers, rappers, musicians, and engineers welcome. No experience making music? Not a problem. With user friendly software and quick tutorial, you’ll be making the hottest jams in no time!

Intermediate Chess (David Rigo) In this class students will have a refresher on the rules and fundamentals of chess and be introduced to basic chess tactics and endgames. This is a great class for students who know how the pieces move, but might want a little review.

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Session 2

Block B: 1:30-2:30



Improv City (Nora Woolley) Discover the fun of spontaneous theater as you delight in a variety of improvisation-based theater games that encourage ensemble, imagination, storytelling, rule-making/rule-breaking and healthy risk taking (that rhymes!).  What is it like to flex your comedian, dramatic, maestro, animal magnetic selves in one class? How about in one exercise? Enter a ton of different worlds, even put on an entire play at the drop of a hat, and learn what it is like to say “yes and” while committing to all of the wonderful sides of yourself.

Terrific Tappers (Danielle Staropoli) In this introductory tap class, campers will explore single sound steps (stamp, toe drops, brush) and double sound steps (shuffle, slap, riff) to develop rhythmic skills, clarity of sound, and precision. Campers will develop control and strength in their feet, ankles, and legs. Through counter rhythms and improvisation, campers will surely be making music with their feet!

Checkmate (David Rigo) This chess class will focus on checkmate patterns, and solidifying the concepts of check and checkmate. This is a good class for students who are comfortable with rules of chess.

Soccer Skills (Dane Aska) Learn the basic techniques of soccer, focusing on footwork basics such as one touch pass and kick and go. Campers will learn how to take penalty shots, dribble around cones, and scoring with or without goalies. We will learn basic fundamentals of the game and even have a go at playing a soccer match.

Cityscapes NYC (Kevin Farrant) Let’s explore the city around us through the lens of an artist! Campers will draw inspiration from artist Stephen Wiltshire who has spent his life drawing cityscapes entirely from memory. After practicing some sketching inside the classroom, campers will take a walking tour of the neighborhood in order to draw like Stephen– outside in the world making preliminary sketches, which will later inform a larger drawing of a portion of the city we inhabit.

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Session 2

Block C: 2:30-3:30



World Art Extravaganza (Matthew Mahler) Take an imaginary journey around the world and examine and explore various approaches to art making. From Japanese scroll drawing to African Masks, students will take a closer look and get a chance to create a piece inspired by various cultures from across the globe.

Zumba Beats (Gabrielle Meadows) Get movin’ and groovin’ to the Zumba beat. This class is a rocking, high-energy dance party packed with specially choreographed routines and all the music campers love. Campers will have a chance to create their own routines and on the final day, we will be hosting a Zumba class for other campers to participate in!

Little Red Unplugged (Tara McLaughlin) In this class, campers/songwriters will listen to a variety of songs from various cultures, time periods, genres and styles. We will learn about basic songwriting and different techniques. Working with partners, we will create melodies and words that can be put together into a beautiful piece of music! Everyone will have their own special song-writing notebook to create their masterpieces. Campers will explore expression through music and have the opportunity to complete and perform one full song at the end of the session for a Little Red Unplugged Show!

Basketball (Josh Antoine) Meet us on the court, where we will hone our passing, shooting and dribbling skills.  After practicing the basics, we will try out some game play while continuing to develop good sportsmanship and teamwork strategies.  We will also make time for fun basketball games like Knock Out, Horse and others!

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Session 3

Block A: 9:30-10:30



RPG 101 (Jake Tiner) Have you ever dreamed of being a Queen or a Wizard? Then this is the class for you! Students will be introduced to the basics of role playing games before they are given the chance to create their own universe. Then students will build a fantastic character with whom they will explore the world. Students will build creativity skills, while also learning how to work together to overcome insurmountable obstacles and defeat supernatural beings.  

Weird Science (Eric Royo) Have you ever made a bulb light up with a lemon? Have you ever written a message in invisible ink? Ever made homemade slime or elephant toothpaste? Well here’s your chance to try some of the weirdest science experiments this side of 6th ave. You might get a little messy because science isn’t always nice and neat. But it is fun!

Clay Mask Making (Kevin Farrant) Clay masks have been created throughout history in civilizations all over the world for many purposes, such as storytelling. Campers will learn how to design a mask form from clay, making sure to think about scale, texture, shape, and facial features. We’ll look at some ancient civilizations and the masks they created in order to help inform our own stylistic approach as we forge a clay mask of our own.

Intermediate Chess (David Rigo) In this class students will have a refresher on the rules and fundamentals of chess and be introduced to basic chess tactics and endgames. This is a great class for students who know how the pieces move, but might want a little review.

Zumba Beats (Gabrielle Meadows) Get movin’ and groovin’ to the Zumba beat. This class is a rocking, high-energy dance party packed with specially choreographed routines and all the music campers love. Campers will have a chance to create their own routines and on the final day, we will be hosting a Zumba class for other campers to participate in!

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Session 3

Block B: 1:30-2:30



Dance for the Camera (Danielle Staropoli) Campers in this class will be dancers, choreographers and cinematographers as they design, perform and help produce their own dance films. As we work on our films, we will learn ways of framing movement and putting forth an idea using the body and lens. Films will be screened in a final share for other campers on the last day of class.

Power Animals (Kevin Farrant) Sometimes when you look in the mirror, do you see a lion?  Ever wish you could be a cat or maybe a dolphin? Legend has it that we all have unique characteristics of our personalities that we share with animals.  These representations blend together to create power animals. In this choice class, we’ll discover what power animal best represents our innermost selves by taking a survey. From there we’ll practice a variety of clay techniques to build our very own hand-built power animal!

Introduction to Stage Acting (Dane Aska) Ever dream of performing on stage but not quite sure where to start? Campers will be introduced to some of the basics of stage acting. They’ll discover how to and what it’s like to work both independently, as well as part of an ensemble. Using a variety of warm up games and exercises, campers will begin to tap into their imagination as they become more comfortable taking center stage. Learn some of the tricks of the trade while having nonstop fun!

Basketball (Danny Tom) Learn how to dribble, pass and shoot a basketball! If you already have experience in basketball this is a good class for you too, because it’s a fun way to practice the skills that make basketball more fun to play! We will practice basketball skills with fun drills and games that will keep our bodies moving and our brains engaged!

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Session 3

Block C: 2:30-3:30



Yes, And! (Jaryn Stewart) Improv–the art of making up funny stories on the spot. Using both games and common forms, campers will learn how to think on their feet and create scenes together that leave them laughing for days. Love comedy, or want to explore it more in depth? This class is for you!

Mixed Media Self-Portrait Posters (Kevin Farrant) By examining self-portraits of famous artists throughout history, we’ll learn about the proportions of the human face as we practice drawing our own self-portraits. Campers will be introduced to both hand drawn and collage techniques in order to achieve a unique composition for their own portrait posters. We’ll practice cutting, glueing, drawing and tearing, and consider the question: “How do I want to be seen?”

Checkmate (David Rigo) This chess class will focus on checkmate patterns, and solidifying the concepts of check and checkmate. This is a good class for students who are comfortable with rules of chess.

Ultimate Frisbee (Jake Tiner)  Students will learn the basics of frisbee before applying them to an awesome game: Ultimate Frisbee! A mix of basketball and American football but using a frisbee instead, Ultimate Frisbee is a great way to get some exercise while learning the importance of teamwork and having fun. Classes will begin with stretching and warm up exercises before moving on to scrimmages.

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