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Summer Youth Camps in Watsonville

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This summer we are excited to offer several classes at our Watsonville Center (click HERE for a map and directions), and at the El Pajaro CDC Kitchen Collaboration in Watsonville (click HERE for information about the El Pajaro Community Development Center, and for map and directions to the center).

If you have questions about classes or registration, please call (831) 479-6331.

For a calendar of all Summer Youth Programs: Click here!


Teen Chef: Farm to Table Healthy Cooking (ages 11-15)

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Perfect for budding foodies, gardeners, and future chefs! 

Food affects every step of our life, the way we relate to our community, and what we eat really does matter! Students learn where food is sourced, why it is important to support local farmers, how-to incorporate foods with the 6 Essential Nutrients into their diet, and the importance of sustainable farming. Essential kitchen skills are covered with a focus on food safety practices, knife handling, food sourcing, and career paths in the food world. Students work with an abundance of fresh summer ingredients to make fresh pesto, proper vinaigrettes, seasonal fruit desserts, and transforming plain vegetables into beautifully seasoned dishes.

Aleah True is the Culinary Arts Teacher at Aptos Jr. High School. She is a former Cabrillo College Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management student who grew up on a local farm. She enjoys sharing the value of eating locally and seasonally.

Mon - Fri., July 16 – 20
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
El Pajaro CDC Kitchen Collaboration in Watsonville, 412 East Riverside Dr. Click HERE for a map
Register before May 31: $245
Register after May 31: $260
Plus $35 materials fee paid at registration
register online  

 

Cooking Around the World in Five Days (ages 11-15)

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Explore the cuisine and delights of Morocco, Thailand, Persia, Peru, and India on this five-day culinary adventure around the world. Each day starts with the history and influence of region’s cooking and popular dishes. Aspiring chefs will learn about the important spice trade and how foods from around the world mix, and often create new cuisine. Technically students learn knife skills, increase their confidence with kitchen equipment, and cooking techniques. Two to three classic dishes will be made each day accompanied by traditional beverages (teas and juices) for a group lunch. Recipes are provided so student chefs may continue their culinary adventure. No passport required! 

Please wear long pants, closed toe shoes, an apron and a hat.

Aleah True is the Culinary Arts Teacher at Aptos Jr. High School. She is a former Cabrillo College Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management student who grew up on a local farm. She enjoys sharing the value of eating locally and seasonally.

Mon - Fri., July 23 – 27
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

El Pajaro CDC Kitchen Collaboration in Watsonville, 412 East Riverside Dr. Click HERE for a map
Register before May 31: $245
Register after May 31: $260
Plus $35 materials fee paid at registration
 
register online  

 

Jazz and Tap Combination: for All Levels (ages 12-17)

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Lace up those jazz and tap shoes! No experience is required as teens learn basic movements in both jazz and tap, two styles that actually have a lot in common. Each week builds on the previous to develop coordination and technique through warm ups, floor center work and progression, and body placement. This class focuses on the joy of movement and dance along with the exploration of two similar styles of dance passed down through the decades. Recommendations to purchase new or slightly used tap shoes before camp can be provided.

Rachele Chenowith has been dancing since she was four years old and moved to Santa Cruz to study dance at Cabrillo College. She performs throughout the Bay Area and has taught jazz/tap for many years to a variety of age groups, including locally at Agape Dance Studio.

5 Wed., July 11 – August 8
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Watsonville Center Room: A130
Register before May 31: $80
Register after May 31: $95
 
register online  


Mexican Folk Dance / Baile Folclórico (ages 12-17)

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Learn about Mexican culture through its music and dance! The basic steps to learn two different styles of dances from regions of Mexico will be taught. Folclórico dancing is a great way to exercise and learn about Mexican culture through its music.

Ruby Vasquez has been dancing Mexican folkloric dance since the age of 5. She is currently the assistant director of the adult Mexican folk dance company, Esperanza del Valle and the instructor of Estrellas de Esperanza, the kids/youth dance group.

 

5 Mon., July 9 - August 6
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Watsonville Center Room: A130
Register before May 31: $80
Register after May 31: $95
 
register online  
 

Street Hip Hop Dance (ages 12-17)

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Hip Hop style is urban, it is street, and it is diverse. Our safe and inclusive dance environment is an opportunity for youth to see that there are many different ways to express yourself, build a sense of character, confidence, be a part of something, and be among good and positive energy. New and experienced dancers explore their own sense of style, movement, and self-expression.

Dancers learn and understand musicality along with the rhythm and movement to create their own combinations/choreography to showcase at the end of the week.

Venessa Fregosois currently the Cheer Coach for the Salinas Alvarez Titans. She previously coached the hip hop and cheer squad at Watsonville High. She has also danced and taught at Cabrillo College, receiving the Roberta Bristol Award in 2016. She has been dancing hip hop since she was 11 years old and dance is one of her greatest passions.

5 Tue., July 10 - August 7
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Watsonville Center Room: A130
Register before May 31: $80
Register after May 31: $95
 
register online  

 

 

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