Parents and guardians of the 85 middle schoolers accepted into the first AileyCamp Miami got a sneak peek of the unforgettable summer ahead. This day camp founded by the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation will be offered for the first time in Miami this summer, making the Adrienne Arsht Center one of only 10 sites chosen from cities around the country.
AileyCamp parents and campers gathered in the Peacock Education Center on July 1 to learn about the day-to-day activities of the four-week camp, which include classes in creative communication and personal development as well as ballet, jazz, modern and West African dance classes. Concerns about camp attire quickly vanished when AileyCamp staff announced that every camper will receive everything they need to participate: camp shirts and shorts, dance shoes, leotards, a water bottle, and a camp bag in which to keep it all. Campers also learned about the two recreational field trips incorporated into the AileyCamp schedule of activities – a visit to Lucky Strike for bowling and a trip to Jungle Island to enjoy the animals, shows, and new beach area.
The orientation was conducted by Nasha Thomas-Schmitt, AileyCamp’s National Director who came to Miami as a representative of the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, together with Camp Director Natasha DeVaughn-Rigby and the Arsht Center’s Director of Education Deanna Costa. In addition to talking about logistics and operations, the panel emphasized AileyCamp’s aim: to build self-esteem, encourage creative thinking, and support exploration of the arts through cooperative dance activities.
AileyCamp Miami 2009 will begin on July 13 and run through August 7, with a final performance in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall at 7pm on August 8.
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