Acting, Singing, Dancing

Adults and kids dancing
A musical theater camp called Kids Do It All, started by the CSU School of Music, Theater, and Dance in Fort Collins, expanded five years ago to the University’s campus in Todos Santos, Mexico. Photo by Carlos Aguilera Calderon

Kids master “triple threat” at CSU Todos Santos Center

Kids Do It All, a cross-cultural musical theater camp, recently celebrated its fifth year at the CSU Todos Santos Center, illustrating how the University’s flourishing educational programs in Baja California Sur are helping shape scholars into global citizens while also contributing to the coastal Mexican community.

The Todos Santos Center, a key initiative of the CSU System, opened in 2015 to advance international teaching, research, service, and educational exchange. Its programs have grown to involve many CSU academic units and Mexican partners.

Kids Do It All was among the first CSU programs established in Todos Santos. Led by the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, it is modeled on musical theater camps in Fort Collins.

The camp in Todos Santos enrolls children from both Colorado and the community in Mexico; each year, more than 50 youngsters ages 7 to 13 have joined the immersive bilingual and bicultural camp. CSU students work as camp counselors, gaining valuable insights through international and experiential learning.

In Summer 2018, the camp involved local educators for the first time – a vital step toward the broad goal of educational exchange, said Gabriela Ocádiz, artistic director for Kids Do It All in Todos Santos.

Like its sister camps in Fort Collins, the Todos Santos camp immerses youngsters in creating and performing their own plays; they learn about movement, voice, song writing, set design, and other skills. Language and cultural literacy are a central component of the camp in Mexico.