: We have to do what we love. The world needs strong & inspired girls like us doing more of what we love.
And we've got a lot we're up against - just tune into the latest "reality" show, take a stroll down the aisles at a girls' clothing store, or pick up any teen magazine and you'll see that the messages us girls get about our bodies, sexuality, and about one another are at best harmful and degrading.
That's why ADTC dance camps are actually "girl empowerment camps" And that's why we share one simple, unifying mission: to empower girls to move to love.
So what exactly does it mean to "move to love"?
MOVE - to pass from one place or position to another.
LOVE - to access the part of our mind that is connected to Spirit; the source of peace, joy, happiness and a whole bunch of other "positive" emotions. So "move to love" means to move to a new place (or state of mind) - the state of mind connected to your Spirit (peace, joy, happiness...all that positive stuff).
And in order to move to love, we must move away from where we currently are that is not love (this place is usually called fear). Fear will try to keep you from moving to love at all costs. Fear will even use your own ego to totally confuse you and make you think that it is safer not to move to love (or that you aren't capable of it). Luckily love isn't a far off "destination" - it is a practice that you can choose right now. In the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, "there is no way to love. Love IS the way."
Our Girl Empowerment Camps offer a tight-knit community where we can feel safe to practice love. At ADTC,we aren't bombarded by confusing, fear-based messages that tell us to be skinnier, wear makeup, and dress for boys. This space allows girls the chance reconnect with the authentic "selves" so many of us struggle to hold on to during the school year.ADTC Girl Empowerment Camps & the Miracle of Summer
At ADTC, we say that summer is a time of miracles. We define "miracle" as a shift in perception from fear to love. A miracle can come when you're one with a movement, the music or your new friends. But no matter if it comes in a smile, a performance or a kayak, when you feel it, you just know. We think girls need more love - more miracles.
So, we're creating girl empowerment camps - overnight dance camps with a bigger mission:
- To inspire (and be inspired)
- To create community by connecting like-minded girls/women
- To educate and empower girls to choose love (over fear) in their lives)
- To create meaningful experiences/moments
- To get girls moving (physically, but most importantly towards their passion/dream/purpose)
The "Move To Love" mission grows with every girl who joins our girl empowerment camps. And with all of us working towards this greater mission, together we're nudging our families, schools, local communities, and the world toward love, peace, understanding, and happiness, too.