Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp

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In 1913, Charlotte Perry and Portia Mansfield, two women dedicated to the performing arts, opened the “Rocky Mountain Dancing Camp” near Colorado’s Eldora Lake. A year later, the camp became the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp and moved to scenic Steamboat Springs. Known today as the oldest continuously-operated performing arts school and camp in the nation, Perry-Mansfield boasts alumni from Jose Limon, a pioneer of modern dance, to actors including Julie Harris and Dustin Hoffman. The camp continues to operate today in many of the original – and rustic – cabins first built when Perry and Mansfield developed the unique institution.


Lesson Plans

Grades 3-5


Additional Resources: 

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp: A History of Art in Nature By Dagny McKinley

"Divine Maddness" A film by LA Productions, Inc

Colorado Experience Jr. Perry-Mansfield

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