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AileyCampers Hit it Off on Day One
July 21, 2009, 6:48 pm
Filed under: Education, Out in the Community

The much-awaited AileyCamp Miami finally began with a kick on Monday, July 13th. With 82 kids running around the Adrienne Arsht Center, camp staff and volunteers alike came together to set in motion the first of many fun-packed days of dance day-camp. A program founded by the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation and presented in partnership with the Adrienne Arsht Center, AileyCamp Miami introduces selected participants to a variety of dance forms in addition to basic life skills, constructive communication, and creative thinking, entirely free of charge.



Day one began with an orientation in the Center’s Peacock Studio, which included a warm welcome by camp staff and instructors. A tour of the facilities and a review of camp policies and procedures rounded out the morning. After lunch, AileyCampers were sent to collect their camp uniforms and bags and from there participated in demonstration classes in West African and Modern dance, two of the dance forms they will study over the course of the 4-week camp. Impressed by the monumental size and architecture of the Center, campers ooh-ed and aah-ed at their new summer play place. Many of the kids are inexperienced as dancers, but judging from their eagerness and energy, it can confidently be said that their wrap-up performance on August 8th will be quite a show.


By the end of the first week, campers were seen chassé-ing through the corridors of the Adrienne Arsht Center on their way to lunch and twirling into the Carlin Banquet Hall for dance technique classes. AileyCamp Miami has added another fun and lively component to the Adrienne Arsht Center’s summer programming and has brought an overwhelmingly positive response from AileyCampers, their families, and the staff.


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