There are no words that I can use to say how I felt when I picked my dancer up in Calgary.  Her first words were, 'Momma, I don't want to leave.  Camp made me fall back in love with dance.  I needed this more than I thought I did. Can we stay just a little longer?' This made my heart full.  She has nothing but praise for each one of you, dancers, teachers, mentors, friends. Anne Elise continues to speak fondly of her experience at Camp Protege.  She has a special smile when she puts on her t-shirt and dances around, then tells us of another moment at camp (we may have heard it before but she tells the stories as if they happened a moment ago and we haven't heard anything about camp yet).  She made friends from around the country.  She continues to follow them on social media and when they arrive at the same conventions and competitions they act like they have only been apart a moment.  They pick up with loud laughter and hugs.  Those moments make this momma's heart full.  She wears her bracelet like a bride with her wedding band.  She contemplates taking it off, she smiles at it on difficult days, and she tells anyone who asks why it is important to her.  She gets slightly offended when she is asked to remove it for a picture or performance (only because she doesn't want to loose it), but she knows it is a material item and the memories of camp are in her head and heart not the bracelet.
Melody Garrison, Mother of a Protégé
I can honestly say that Camp Protege was one of the best experiences of my life. Not only did I learn about becoming a better dancer/artist, but I learned more about being a better human. Camp Protege allowed me to let go of all of the fears that I had previously let define who I was. At camp I was able to explore new and diverse methods of movement and really hone in on my artistry. The fellow campers and mentors were nothing but the most genuine version of themselves. There was no need to hide behind a false version of yourself. One distinct moment that i will cherish for the rest of my life was in Kathryn's class where we all starred into each other's eyes and just stood with complete vulnerability. Camp Protege felt like a safe haven where I could be comfortable in my own skin at all times. I cannot even begin to describe the countless laughs that we all shared; whether it be in class, at the campfire, or in the dining hall. The friends that i have made and the lessons that i have learned at Camp Protege will forever be of value to me. I cannot imagine a safer place in the world. Camp Protege has allowed me to explore new avenues in my dancing and I whole-heartedly believe that i am a better person because of this camp.
Benjamin Peralta, Protégé
Camp Protege was a life changing week for my daughter Berkeley.  She came back from the camp inspired on some many levels.  She was pushed to explore her creativity as a dancer and actress and loved working closely with Stacey and the other mentors.  Her group became very close, listening to each other's ideas, being vulnerable with each other and collaborating together.  She also loved the health and nutrition sessions...she's been making the smoothies at home!  Berkeley became great friends with dancers from all over Canada and the US and she can't wait for Camp Protege next year!
Pam Ratzlaff, Mother of Protégé
CAMP Protege was one of the best experiences I've ever had. It's so much more than a dance camp. I loved that it focused on so much more than just us as dancers. CAMP Protege not only makes you a better dancer, but also a healthier human, a more creative artist, it motivates and guides you to the professional you want to become. It's nurturing environment enabled me to be confident and stronger in every aspect of my life. I left CAMP Protege with a full toolbox to apply to the infinite unique challenges that this career presents. I'm incredibly grateful with Stacey and all of the faculty for the loving and trusting energy that allowed me to connect to a very deep and authentic place within myself that left me a transformed professional/artist/dancer/human. Thank You for the most inspiring week!
Maui Barzuna, Protégé
Your camp was unlike anything Bridgette had done and she loved it. She was laking self confidence in her dancing and was constantly comparing herself to others. We were constantly telling her how amazing she is and not to compare herself to others as she is one of a kind. While at camp she saw that the dancers where some of the best in the nation and kids she looked up to. She realized she was there too, and by invitation. She saw and heard stories from other kids and instructors about their struggles and insecurities, they were just like her. Your camp allowed her stop comparing herself to others and dance for herself, to be happy for everyones journey. She came home with a new outlook on dance and life. She saw people (kids and teachers) changing in front of her very eyes, in ways she couldn’t explain and she wanted to be a better person. In her words it was “life changing.”
Lesa Jensen, Mother of a Protégé
My experience this summer was unforgettable. I have nothing but positive things to say about it! The schedule was very well put together. Yoga was a great way to start off the day, and all classes following that were spaced out nicely as well. I enjoyed getting to be involved in normal camp activities because they allowed us to get to know each other on a more personal level. The evening class was also great because it gave us a chance to experience class with everybody, rather than just our individual groups. All of the instructors were so helpful and kind– they were the real reason camp was as great as it was.
Isabella Pete, Protégé
I can honestly say that Camp Protege was one of the best experiences of my life. Not only did I learn about becoming a better dancer/artist, but I learned more about being a better human. Camp Protege allowed me to let go of all of the fears that I had previously let define who I was. At camp I was able to explore new and diverse methods of movement and really hone in on my artistry. The fellow campers and mentors were nothing but the most genuine version of themselves. There was no need to hide behind a false version of yourself. One distinct moment that i will cherish for the rest of my life was in Kathryn's class where we all starred into each other's eyes and just stood with complete vulnerability. Camp Protege felt like a safe haven where I could be comfortable in my own skin at all times. I cannot even begin to describe the countless laughs that we all shared; whether it be in class, at the campfire, or in the dining hall. The friends that i have made and the lessons that i have learned at Camp Protege will forever be of value to me. I cannot imagine a safer place in the world. Camp Protege has allowed me to explore new avenues in my dancing and I whole-heartedly believe that i am a better person because of this camp.
Benjamin Peralta, Protégé
I can’t even begin to explain how amazing this experience was. I loved every second of it and I felt that there was absolutely no judgement and no negative feelings ever the whole week. I came out of the the week at Camp with a new perspective on life and dance and it made me love both and everyone around me so much more.
Alex Swader, Protégé
Camp Protege was honestly the most amazing experience I could have ever asked for and one that i will never forget. Being in the remote location gave me the chance to reground myself and step away from everyday drama, stress, and pressures of the world and just be openly grateful for everything we are given. I learned so much about myself as a person and the importance of self acceptance and taking care of my body. Dancing in the barn and outside in the grass was probably the most beautiful and uplifting experience for you are just surrounded by the raw beauty of nature and it filled my heart with so much joy. It is difficult to give any constructive criticism on such a special and unique opportunity. Just know that you and the staff were phenomenal and I am forever grateful for you being in my life. I hope to attend Camp Protege again in the near future and help spread the beautiful truth and raw experience we were all given. Thank you!
Cali Poole, Protégé
Attending Camp Protege was one of the best decisions I have ever made. When Stacey invited me to this camp, I was contemplating on going. I am not a dancer that dances gracefully with pretty legs and feet. Instead, I dance strong and powerfully with mediocre flexibility. But I began to realize that Stacey really wanted me to go to this camp for a reason...she believes in me. Once I arrived there literally everybody at the camp was so welcoming and loving. Even though there were "famous" dancers there, they never carried an ego with them. All of the mentors were truly inspiring and impactful. They all believed in what we were capable of doing. Also, they made us feel comfortable with ourselves and more confident. It was incredible to experience the emotional roller coasters throughout the week with people whom I just met. I will treasure all of the wonderful relationships that I had made from camp. Dancing for a week surrounded by incredible artists was so inspiring. I did not want it to end. I truly enjoyed the camp and cannot wait to attend it again in the future.
Tayler McGuire, Protégé

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