MARSHALL - Peyton Bruce of Marshall didn't mind spending part of her summer in Michigan because she doing something she loved the most.
Bruce, 15, spent six weeks, June 23-Aug. 8, at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. Interlochen is the world's premiere summer arts program for artists in grades 3-12.
"I wanted to go because it looked like a lot of fun and I'm really dedicated to dance," Bruce said.
Bruce has been dancing since she was 3 years old and is currently taking classes several times a week in ballet and pointe at the Dance Gallery in Sioux Falls, S.D. She's been with Dance Gallery since this March.
While at Interlochen, Bruce studied dance, majoring in ballet and pointe.
"You're dancing multiple hours a day, from 8:30 (a.m.) to 5:30 (p.m.)," Bruce said. During the morning, she was learning ballet and modern and pointe in the afternoon. She also worked on repertory pieces and "Les Preludes," a summer showcase.
For the summer showcase, Bruce said the "six-weekers," those who went to camp for the full six weeks, got to dance on the roof of the Interlochen Bowl.
Bruce and the other students lived in cabins during their stay.
"It was the camp life, it's not like the dorms," she said. Bruce said she lived with kids in a wide range of programs - singers, kids in orchestra and a theater major. The students were taught by top-notch instructors from around the world.
Students in other programs, such as music or theater, were able to take an elective class, like painting. Dancers had to concentrate mainly on just dance, Bruce said.
"It's intense because you're trying so hard to improve," Bruce said. She said there's instructors that have new insight about you at the camp and give you corrections that other teachers you've had might not see.
Sometimes, it felt hard to be away from home, but Bruce said she never really felt too homesick.
"Interlochen was very, very nurturing and very comforting," she said. Plus, Bruce said, as a dancer, she was always really busy and didn't have time to think about home.
Not only do the students perform at the camp, Interlochen brings in artists and performers as well. Besides seeing one of her Interlochen friends perform in an orchestra concert, Bruce also went to concerts by Andy Grammar and Gavin DeGraw.
Bruce said she's looking forward to a career in ballet, hopefully with a dance company.