Being a DREAM skater has been rewarding in so many ways, but one of my favorite aspects of the program is participating in the DREAM camps during the summer. This year at the DREAM summer camp I was fortunate enough to meet so many young skaters from throughout the Midwest who came to participate in the wonderful programs both on and off the ice. The camp started off with an opening presentation that included the introduction of DREAM skaters and faculty. The experience and knowledge of the faculty members was overwhelming, and this opening gave the skaters some background on their coaches for the day.
The day was filled with classes such as edges, elements, musical interpretation, zumba, and yoga. The skaters learned a lot of new drills and were also able to let loose and explore the musical part of skating. These athletes were determined to get the most out of the day. I had fun helping them learn on the ice and dancing alongside them in zumba class.
The day ended with a group photo and a pizza party! The room was fully decorated in beach theme, and the skaters participated in the hula hooping and limbo contests. I made lots of new friends, and I know the skaters did too! This was a great opportunity for young athletes to make connections outside of their home clubs.
I grew up skating in the Midwest, so I was thrilled to take a trip back and participate in this camp. Thank you to the Crystallettes and Dearborn Figure Skating for hosting the event! It was a productive and entertaining day.
Also: Thanks to DREAM alumni Sarah Arnold for the photos!