Like many summer camps, Perry-Mansfield is set in a picturesque location (an enormous, rural campus in Steamboat Springs, Colorado) and houses students in old-school log cabins. But instead of focusing on sports and outdoor activities, Perry-Mansfield is all about the performing arts, with rigorous training programs in acting, singing, and dance. It was actually founded by Portia Mansfield and Charlotte Perry, both independent women and pioneers of modern dance, who bought the property for a song back in the early 1900s and built their dance studio there. Their adventurous, creative spirit is very much alive at the school today, as students seamlessly move between horseback riding and tap classes. Get ready for magnificent performances on parents weekend and pickup day.

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