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A message from the instructor...

"I am eager to meet the children, ages 8-11, who have a desire to travel—to learn and experience various cultures and who are also looking for a fun, energetic, summertime experience.  Wanderlust Jr. will take children on a fun-filled journey through Central America, the Caribbean, and the northern part of South America.  There will never be a dull moment as we learn a little about each country and its culture including the location, language, typical games children play, unique musical instruments, food and drinks, and more.   Along the way, we’ll pause to make something that is characteristic of each country visited.

It’s a well-known fact that fitness is an essential part of children’s health and Wanderlust Jr. will include lots of movement, giving the children an outlet to jump, dance, shake, and swing their hips as they become familiar with the music, rhythms, and dance of the various countries.  They will learn simplified routines and enjoy the captivating Latin American dances of Cumbia, Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, Hip Hop, and other modern beats.  Jane Etheridge, the Wanderlust Jr. Camp Director, is a certified Zumba Kids instructor.  She believes that Zumba, which literally means 'moving quickly and having fun,' is the perfect way to add exercise into kids’ lives in a fun, easy way with multiple personal and social benefits.  Wanderlust Jr., which incorporates easy-to-follow, kid-friendly Zumba routines, promises to help children gain coordination, self-confidence, learn about teamwork, build leadership skills, improve memory, and develop creativity.  Assistant camp leader Taryn Jones is a beautiful dancer who will teach the children easy, fun, “hip” moves to recognizable American music so they can keep one 'foot' in America while traveling to faraway places.


Don’t delay—registration is limited to eight children.  Complete your child’s registration form and remember to include a small picture.  The Director will take care of getting participants’ passports so they will be ready for this memorable summer experience."

Check the 2017 Summer Series Information Page for specifics on registering and available dates, times, and fees.


Instructor Bio

Jane Etheridge is excited to offer the inaugural “Wanderlust Jr.” summer experience at Lee Academy for the Arts and hopes this will be the beginning of something fabulous for children in our area. She also hopes the children who participate this summer will motivate their parents to want to be a part of adult Zumba classes that she teaches at Lee Academy and also Flex Fitness.

Read more about Jane on her class information page.