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Summer Planning

(REWORD THIS) As you consider registering for summer, or now that you have, here are some logistics that will help in your preparation …



Our 2 week Summer Immersion in the Catskills runs from July 13-July 25,2020


Medical Information:

When registering, please make sure to include any details as to medical needs.

If you are new to SAA please include all medical needs, details etc, medication etc on registration form.

If you are a returning family and your child’s medical details need updating, please log in to your parent portal and make changes or email us information and will add it to your child’s account.

Authorization to Pick Up (EDIT BELOW)

Upon registration, please ensure that all parties authorized to pick up your child are included in your account:

  • For new dancers: please include ALL authorized individuals in your registration form (add them as a parent or as an emergency contact)
  • For returning families: to authorize someone new, login to your account, click on the “BILLING & PAYMENTS” menu and select the Contacts button to add/edit.

For help adding or editing your list of authorized individuals, email or call us and we’ll gladly add them for you.

Summer Policies

A $100 deposit per week will be charged at the time of registration; summer deposits are non-refundable. The balance of summer fees will be charged on June 1st. If registering after June 1st, you will be charged in full. There are no refunds for withdrawals from the Summer Program, nor are there refunds for any absences.  Summer Weeks are not transferable among dancers, but sessions are interchangeable (space permitting).  A 5% sibling discount is offered for the 2nd child and subsequent children from the same family registering for the same week.

Summer Make-up/Trial Class Policy
There are no make-up or trial classes for the Summer Program.

Registration fee
There is a one-time $25 non-refundable registration fee per child. Returning students are not subject to this fee.

Downtown Dance Factory reserves the right to cancel a class as a result of insufficient registration. A full refund will be provided in this case.

Photo Release
Downtown Dance Factory may, in the course of teaching classes and putting on performances, take photographs and/or video which include our enrolled students. If you DO NOT want your child to be included in Downtown Dance Factory advertising / promotional materials / website, etc., please send us an email at [email protected] We will mark it in your family account.



Where is the program located?

Studios and retreat lodging are both at the gorgeous Streamside and Willow Drey facilities in the quaint town of Andes – picturesque village nestled in western Catskills, just 3 hours from the GW Bridge.
Driving Directions

What can we expect?
Over the past 12 years, we have been offering wildly popular and impressive Summer Arts Programs, Intensives and Immersions  This year we are taking it to the country! Expect to experience our SA philosophy of personal development content, multidisciplinary arts classes led by world-renowned leaders and teachers, and an all-around energy of connection and fun. Students relax in stunning surroundings recharge in beautiful accommodations, and refuel with locally sourced organic food catered daily.

Can we enroll as a day participant?
Yes you can.  We will enroll up to 10 day students, once that capacity is reached there will be a wait list.

How structured is the program? Is it competitive?
The program is highly structured with formal classes led by NYC’s most esteemed arts educators and recreation time in a variety of Catskill settings. Our programs are designed to speak to each student’s internal motivation through vigorous, multifaceted and immersive instruction. Students learn how awareness and discipline enhances expression. We facilitate nurturing environments rather than competitive ones because we believe they have a greater impact on student growth.

What makes The Immersion: A Soul Arts Retreat different?
Everything at Soul Arts is different. We celebrate each participant as we and broaden their understanding of and exuberance for life. We guide and mentor our students as if they are our own, in essence – they are.  An overarching rule of respect for each other and ourselves is in place at all times – each voice is heard, every question answered. We treat each other (students and faculty) with kindness and understanding, knowing that we do not learn without feeling safe and cared for.  Our students are taught and challenged by highly esteemed NYC teaching artists.  Technique does not fall by the wayside – instead it is learned and absorbed in an environment that is welcoming, warm and open minded. The world and our children need an environment in which they can make their voices heard through art, we provide that.

Who can apply?
Anyone aged from 10-16 years old can attend. Current and potential Soul Arts Academy students are welcome.

What are the dates?
The 2019 program is (1) Two week Session July 28-Aug 10.  Students must attend both weeks.

How do I enroll my child?
Click here for registration form

*Please note, Soul Arts is all about human connection.  We make a choice of keeping attendance at a number where this is possible. There are VERY limited spots

Where is the program located?
Studios and retreat lodging are both at the gorgeous Streamside and Willow Drey facilities in the quaint town of Andes – picturesque village nestled in western Catskills, just 3 hours from the GW Bridge.
Driving Directions

How will my child get there and back?
All students must travel as a group on the Adirondack Trailways bus from Port Authority, NYC.  Bus will take all faculty and participants directly to our venue.
End of session details to be updated soon

How many students will participate?
Maximum 20 students per session as smaller groups are necessary to create opportunities for authentic learning. We will create an intimate experience at our Immersion Retreat keeping with the connected and saturated style of Soul Arts.

What will the level of classes be?
All of our classes are designed so that everyone can participate—all levels welcome. Our seasoned instructors will always ensure each participant is challenged and placed accordingly. And, faculty will modify all instruction as per needed.

What is included in the pricing?
Everything — All classes/instruction, travel, housing, 3 organic, locally sourced meals and snacks daily, pool time, all outdoor guided excursions and activities (there may be additional charge for some activities)

What does my child need to bring?
We’ll provide a full packing list in your confirmation email (as well as a list of items to leave at home).

Should my child bring spending money?
Parents normally send campers with between 50.00 and 100.00 for souvenirs, trips to the ice cream joint…this is a personal choice

How much sleep will my child be getting?
Lights are out 10:00pm –  wake up is 7:00am.  Our days of packed with training and excursions they will fall into bed!

Can participants come late?
No. The magic that happens at Soul Arts happens when all are present for the entire experience.

What will students be eating?
All organic and locally sourced meals and snacks will be provided and catered by  CATSKILLS REGIONAL HARVEST.
Please be sure to note any dietary restrictions and allergies in your pre-session survey/paperwork so we can work with the chef to meet your child’s needs.  We will gladly accommodate a vegetarian diet.

How often will there be parent/student contact?
The Immersion: A Soul Art’s Retreat’s mission to immerse students in our experience in order to connect, explore and deepen their understanding of the arts, themselves each other and the world.  In order to do so, we feel strongly that disconnecting from electronic and phone use during their time with us is essential. Your child’s safety and well being is of paramount importance to us and we will be providing you with more details about our communication protocols once they are in place.

Can I email my child?
Each student will have designed times to send/receive emails. (details to follow)

Will there be a medical attendant available?
We will have a nearby FNP on call 24 hours a day and the nearest 24 hour medical facility is 11.7 miles away.

What is the student/faculty ratio?
Five students to one adult

What are the sleeping arrangements?
Students will be grouped by age. If your child wants to bunk with friends, we will do our best to make that happen!

How is laundry handled?
There are washers/dryers in our accommodations. Laundry is done once per week by faculty and is sorted by students and counselors upon its completion.

Packing List

Packing List

Click here for PDF to print

Must Haves

Soap (in a travel holder) or Small Liquid (Dr. Bronners)
Small Shampoo/conditioner
Brush Comb etc
Waterproof rain-jacket
Bug Spray
Unbreakable Water Bottle
1 Beach/Pool Towel
Any necessary prescription Medication (in original pharmacy containers)

For Dance

Pink Ballet Slippers
Easy On/Off Sneakers
Pink Convertible or Full Foot Ballet tights
Fitted leotard or tank top of choice
Fitted dance shorts or leggings/sweats of choice
Black ankle length leggings
Black camisole leotard
*Remember:  You’ll be dancing 4-5 hours per day, be sure to pack accordingly (we will do laundry once at the end of week 1)

Clothes  (Please pack for one week, we will do laundry at the end of week 1)

4+ pair of shorts
1 pair of long pants (sweats, jeans etc…)
1 pair of lightweight long pants
2 lightweight long sleeved shirts
3-5 teeshirts or tank tops
2 sweatshirts
One Piece Swim Suit
Underwear for each day
Socks for each day
1 Pair Pajamas


1 pair of good and functional summer walking shoes
(Crocs, Keens, Tevas with velcro are our favorite!)
Hiking sneakers/boots
1 pair of old USABLE sneakers
Please think casual, functional and outdoors

What Not To Bring

Cell phones (unless you are checking it in with us)
Any technology (ipods/itouches,laptops,tablets, etc)
Expensive items (jewelry etc)

We Recommend

Book to read
Personal journal and pen
Baseball cap/bandana


Travel games/playing cards
Tennis Racket


Label everything – permanent marker or ironed on labels
Don’t pack anything of value
Think layers – even in the peak summer months morning and evenings can be chilly
Zip lock bags or packing cubes are very handy when packing
Laundry facilities so pack ONLY for ONE WEEK

Please note:  SAA is not responsible for personal items or articles that may be damages or lost.  SAA does not keep lost and found items, if you realize you have left something after you get home, you may call office number but we cannot promise we will have the item.

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