Mo’ Motion Dance Camp

Mo’ Motion DANCE FITNESS CAMP for Youth

is offered in June of each year.

Our next camp session will be held in

JUNE 2018.

Please come back and visit our website for 2018 camp information.



Mo’ Motion Dance and Fitness Camp is Specialized
for girls that are rising 4th, 5th, and 6th graders who are:

– obese
– at risk for obesity
– effected by diseases that prescribe physical – activity
– at risk for diseases that prescribe physical – activity
– challenged with maintaining a positive self-image 


Mo’ Motion Dance Fitness Camp for Youth is a highly specialized summer dance program that was created in 2010 in response to the epidemic of obesity in American children. Through a strong partnership with GIWAYEN MATA, Inc. and Dancing SOL Productions, sponsored in part by Georgia State University School of Music, this 1 week summer program offered at Drew Charter School in Atlanta, GA has been designed for girls who are obese, at risk for being obese, and who are interested in developing a healthier lifestyle.

Mo’ Motion Dance Fitness Camp for Youth is dedicated to teaching lifelong fitness skills through dance and movement and also to training the next generation of youth leaders in our field.

The plans to offer this Atlanta based camp are in alignment with Giwayen Mata’s pattern of service to the community and commitment to health and wellness.  Embedded in its name, the philosophy of Dancing SOL Productions- “Dancing Saves Our Lives” is a leading thought process for Mo’ Motion Dance and Fitness Camp for Youth.


What is Obesity?

According to the Center for Disease Control, obesity one of the terms used to label “ranges of weight that are greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height.”  Along with overweight, “the terms also identify ranges of weight that have been shown to increase the likelihood of certain diseases and other health problems.”

Childhood obesity has become a growing issue in American society. It affects children of every ethnic background, income level, status, etc.  The CDC also tells us that “obesity now affects 17% of all children and adults in the United States.” According to an article written by national environmental activist and eco-living expert Laura Turner Seydel entitled Take Action Against Asthma and Obesity “Atlanta has the second highest rate of childhood obesity in the nation”.  The goal of Mo’ Motion Dance Fitness Camp for Youth is to inspire a lifelong commitment to total body wellness in order to keep obesity at bay. 


What is the goal of Mo’ Motion Dance Fitness Camp for Youth?

With this single goal in mind we can have a positive impact on the weight control for our nation’s youth and also create youth health and fitness leaders who will continue to spread the word of wellness with their peers, families, and communities.

The key to future health and wellness lies in the hands of our children.  At present, the youth of this new millennium are desperately in need of a holistic health make-over to keep obesity and associated life threatening illnesses at bay. The camp’s daily programming, which includes over 4 different genres of dance, Body Conditioning, Nutrition, and other activities for expression, is designed to enhance self-esteem and self-awareness while adding a little “Mo’ Motion” into the lives of our youth.



Please submit the reservation form and payment to reserve your space in our camp. Space is limited to 25 students.


To reserve space for your child in Mo’ Motion Dance Fitness Camp for Youth, follow the steps outlined below:

1. Complete the Camp Reservation form.

2. Click here to pay your $25 registration fee along with your $10 t-shirt fee.

3. Return Camper Information forms (health clearance, authorized pick up, etc.) by July 6th. Camper Information forms can be found here.



  • Non-refundable registration fee is $25.00.  This fee reserves your child’s space until the 1st payment is due on July 3rd.
  • T-shirt Fee is $10. This fee is also due upon registration.
  • Tuition is $100 for the FULL 1 week session



June 10th            Non-refundable $25.00 registration fee and $10.00 t-shirt fee

June 30th            $100 Camper Fee is due

All payments should be made here!



The $25 non-refundable registration fee reserves your child’s space until the date tuition is due on June 30th. Payments made after July 2nd are subject to availability on a first come first served basis.


How Can You Help?

Due to current economic trends there are many children in need of programs like Mo’ Motion Dance Fitness Camp for Youth whose families cannot afford the weekly tuition and camp fees.  Consider making a tax exempt donation to sponsor a child or children from families who otherwise would be unable to provide such an experience.   Your donation of $25, $50, $100, or $200 may be made directly to Giwayen Mata Inc.

Camp Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in Mo’ Motion Dance Fitness Camp for Youth presented by GIWAYEN MATA Inc. and Dancing SOL Productions in partnership with Georgia State University School of Music.  Completed paperwork is mandatory upon registration. Our scheduled activities are designed to help your child develop a fuller appreciation and respect for dance for expression, fitness, and fun.  We emphasize compassionate relations and community building throughout the camp. Below are guidelines and information to help ensure a safe and rewarding experience for everyone.

Camper Drop-off

• When dropping off your child, you must make contact with an adult counselor and sign in.

• Children may be dropped off no sooner than 10 mins prior to the start of the camp day.

Camper Pick-up

Please enter Drew Charter School cafeteria to pick up your child.  Early pick up (prior to 4:00PM) must take place in dance studio.

  • Anyone else picking up your child will need to present a photo ID (i.e. driver’s license) for release of your child. We will not release your child unless proper identification is presented and written approval is given.
  • Anyone authorized to pick up your child from camp, including yourself, should be listed as an Emergency Contact on the registration form. A copy of this form is included in this packet.
  • Please do not pick up a child without notifying staff.
  •  Tardy pick-up will be charged $5 per 10 minutes, after a one time warning.

Personal Items

  • All personal items brought to the program are your child’s responsibility and must be labeled
  •  Leave all electronics and valuables at home.

Daily Camp Necessities

  • Mo’Motion shirt must be worn daily
  • Change of clothes including underwear
  • Dance/work-out/athletic gear- leggings, t-shirts, leotards, shorts, yoga pants, etc.
  • Epsom salt for evening baths
  • Composition Notebook for a journal and pen
  • Large beach towel or yoga mat for floor exercises

Daily Camp Necessities Continued

  • Lunch and snacks- please do not send egg or mayonnaise-based products without reliable cold packs. Refrigerated lunch storage is not available. We encourage healthy lunches and snacks.
  • Scrunchies, bandana, scarf
  • Toiletries
  • Hand towels for sweat
  • Walking shoes/sneakers and socks
  • Water and water bottles- at least 32oz per day

All items must be marked with the child’s name.

Mo’ Motion Dance Fitness Camp for Youth is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Found items will be held until the end of August, and then donated to the Salvation Army or Goodwill.


  • Camp will not be cancelled due to rain. Rain gear is a must on rainy days, as activities will continue as planned.
  • In extremely hot weather, children take regular water breaks and activities are less active and held in shady areas or inside as much as possible.

Special Needs

We want your child to have the best possible camp experience. Please let us know when you register if your child has special needs, has medical concerns, or requires any type of special assistance. To discuss any matters by phone call 678-793-8619.


Essential Eligibility Criteria

To participate in camp programs, children must be able to (independently or with a personal assistant provided with no cost to the camp):

  • Self-medicate with prompt from camp instructor.
  • Ambulate on own or with a mechanical device on uneven terrain.
  • Independently take care of personal needs (bathroom).
  • Exhibit appropriate group behavior (doesn’t disrupt the flow of teaching/learning) with minimal verbal prompts (no more than two prompts per hour).
  • Personal aides must be over 18 years of age with two years of college or 1 year of personal aide experience.

Code of Conduct

Children are expected to display appropriate behavior at all times. To assure the maximum enjoyment of the program by all participants, please review the following guidelines with your child. Your child is expected to:

  • Show respect to all participants, staff, and the facility.
  • Be pleasant to others and refrain from using foul language.
  • Refrain from causing harm to self, other participants, and staff.
  • Use equipment, supplies, and facilities properly.
  • Stay with the group.
  • Follow instructions


If behavior problems arise, you will be contacted that day to discuss the nature of the problem. The following disciplinary techniques will be used for uncooperative children:

  • Verbal warning
  •  Time out: the child is removed from the activity (but not from the vicinity) for duration of up to one minute for each year of age
  • Parent involvement: if the child has difficulty controlling themselves, the parent will be contacted to handle the situation.
  • Removal from program: if problems persist or the behavior is severe such as causing intentional harm to others or consistent disruptions of camp activities, the child will be removed from the program for the day or the rest of the week and a prorated refund will be issued. Prorated refunds will be honored within two weeks of removal from program.

Medical Issues

You or your emergency contact need to be available to pick up your child from camp. In the event of a medical emergency, you will be notified immediately. These medical emergencies include:

  • Camper illness
  • Severe injury

You will be notified in the event of any injury. Our trained staff will take whatever emergency medical measures are deemed necessary for the protection and safety of the camper. This may include transportation by ambulance to the nearest medical treatment facility.



If your child has special needs for medication during the day, please make those needs clear on your Health Form. Children are expected to bring whatever medical supplies or medications they will need each day and turn it in to staff, along with written instructions. Staff will be happy to remind them to take medication if we are notified in writing about their schedule. If your child has a strong allergy to bee stings or other conditions that require the use of an epi-pen, the child is expected to have the required supplies with them at all times, and also they should know how to administer these injections themselves. If a child needs assistance administering an epi-pen, a staff member trained to provide this assistance will do so.

Communicable Diseases Campers, including their siblings with an infectious illness (H1N1, pink eye, hand, foot & mouth disease, etc.) must be removed from camp immediately for the safety of the other campers. A pro-rated refund will be issued.

Session Cancellations Camps with insufficient enrollment will be canceled two weeks prior to the session start date. Refunds will be issued.

Satisfaction Guarantee & Program Refund Guidelines

  • If you are not completely satisfied with the quality of our camp, please contact us for a prorated refund. Prorated refunds will be honored within 2 weeks of withdrawal. Should you have any questions or concerns about the program, please feel free to contact Tambra Harris at 678-793-8619


Camps with insufficient enrollment will be cancelled 1 week prior to the start date.  Refunds will be issued.


Thank you for choosing Mo’ Motion Dance & Fitness Camp for Youth. 

See you this summer!