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May 18, 2010, 1:20 am
Filed under: AileyCamp

On Saturday, April 24th,  more than two hundred 6th, 7th, and 8th graders from around Miami-Dade County came to the Adrienne Arsht Center to interview for one of the 100 spots available in the 2010 AileyCamp Miami, a summer day camp founded by the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation.  In its second year at the Center, the six week camp features ballet, jazz, modern and West African dance classes as well as classes in creative communication and personal development.  AileyCamp is designed to help students make a successful transition to high school. The programming focuses on building self esteem, encouraging creative thinking, and supported exploration of the arts through cooperative dance activities. 

After a brief movement activity to break the ice and get everyone ready, each student was escorted to a personal interview conducted by volunteer from the Adrienne Arsht Center community.  The panel of interviewers included an Adrienne Arsht Center Board member, representatives from Miami Dade County Public Schools, and selected members of the Adrienne Arsht Center’s fabulous pool of volunteers who have had previous experience working with school-aged children.   Camp Director Lucretia Welters and National Director Nasha Thomas-Schmitt, represented AileyCamp’s national office, rounded out the group of interviewers.


Photo from 2009 AileyCamp Miami. Photo by Deanna Costa.

AileyCamp Miami will run from June 28th to August 6th with a final performance in the Knight Concert Hall on Saturday August 7th at 7pm.  The stage will come to life with an original production presented by the 100 students who will have called the Adrienne Arsht Center’s AileyCamp their summer home.


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