Today we’d like to introduce you to Benjamin Allen.
Ben and Tor are both industry professionals. Both with backgrounds as dancers, choreographers and now dance fitness personalities, they have both earned their respect and continue to change lives with their talents. 3 years ago, they both had an “ah ha” moment and thought, how cool would it be to create an adult dance camp where all their students and friends could escape for a weekend and do nothing but dance all day. They instantly began working on the concept with their partners in crime and equally talented individuals Candis and Amber, and in 2015, United by 8 was born.
United by 8 refers to the 8 counts in dance that connect us all. It doesn’t matter the style, the individuals background in dance, when we are all doing our thing on the dance floor, we are truly UNITED by those 8’s.
We are getting ready for our 3rd annual dance camp. We charter a kids camp in Malibu called Hess Kramer and gather 100+ attendees for an incredible “groovin’ soul” weekend. Master instructors are invited from different formats and attendees are able to create their own schedule throughout the weekend. When not dancing, we do all the fun camp things – camp fire, skit night, arts and crafts, pajama breakfast and of course camp songs all weekend. Did I mention 2 theme dance parties at night with adult beverages served.
Some have said it’s a transformational experience. A place to be reminded to be a kid again! We are thrilled to be hosting this event again and can’t wait to see how we can top the awesomeness of the last two years!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It’s never a smooth road when you are creating something from scratch. Chartering a camp is a big endeavor and also quite costly. Not to mention the startup costs of a new business. The good news is, we all get along great and work together well, but coordinating an event this size where we are dealing with master teachers, vendors, students etc. can be a bit overwhelming. We’ve had a master instructor back out at the last minute, we’ve had the hot water stop in one of the cabins, we’ve had a student wander off trying to catch Pokémon (yes, an adult student) only to find her halfway down the main road. Always an adventure!
We’d love to hear more about your business.
United by 8 was founded by 4 partners.
I think we are most proud of this unique experience we have created. It seems that more and more adult dance camps are popping up around the country that vary from simply social to mind body retreats. We pride ourselves on our dance themed camp giving people an opportunity to do what they love all day and share it with other like minded people.
We have an upcoming camp happening on September 14 to 17th.
What were you like growing up?
I can only speak for myself and say that I was a very outgoing kid and went to camp from about 11 – 17. Some of my favorited memories are sleep away camp over the summer! Getting to create that now, for adults, is like a dream come true!
- As of July 15th, pricing will be $480 with half pay available.
- Address: 11828 Teale St.
Culver City, CA 90230
- Website: Unitedby8.com
- Phone: 2133775625
- Email: Unitedby8@gmail.com
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