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June 28, 2010, 9:33 pm
Filed under: AileyCamp

“I will pay attention with my mind, body, and spirit.  I will listen to learn.  I am in control.  I am a winner!” — AileyCamper

Yes, indeed!  AileyCamp Miami returns – with these positive, daily affirmations as a cornerstone of the curriculum – for the second year to the Adrienne Arsht Center, June 28–August 7.  

This year, the program expands from 80 to 100 campers, with 20 campers from last year’s inaugural camp session returning for another summer of inspired dance education and personal development.  In an exciting local twist, Miami native, graduate of the New World School of the Arts, and former Alvin Ailey company member, Yusha-Marie Sorzano, returns to the Center as a special AileyCamp faculty member.   

Students from all 61 public middle schools in Miami-Dade County were invited to apply for this full scholarship camp experience which includes camp tuition, uniforms, dance attire, three exciting field trips, breakfast, lunch, and transportation, all at no cost to campers and their families.  

Founded by Alvin Ailey in 1989, this innovative program uses dance as a vehicle for self-esteem and empowerment, and culminates with a final performance spotlighting all 100 dancers on the Knight Concert Hall stage on August 7.

AileyCamp is designed for at-risk or underserved youth in grades 6-8 who may not otherwise have access to the performing arts.  This year’s camp features a full six-week session, with daily technique classes in ballet, Horton-based modern dance, jazz, and West African dance.  Campers also participate in creative communication classes, developing confidence and skills in the areas of goal-setting, self-government, and self image. 

“Through the transformative power of the performing arts, the discipline of dance will translate into a sense of self worth, self esteem, and positive empowerment for 100 young people from South Florida this summer. AileyCamp Miami represents the crossroads of the Adrienne Arsht Center and Alvin Ailey Foundation missions – where world class arts and community-based programs meet and change lives.” — M. John Richard, president and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center


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