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July 21, 2010, 2:16 pm
Filed under: AileyCamp

AileyCamp Miami is in full swing at the Adrienne Arsht Center with 100 Miami-Dade County young people leaping through the air and bounding through the halls every day!  The full-scholarship camp began on June 28 and runs through August 7, providing a dynamic program of daily dance instruction and personal development courses for local middle-schoolers. 

On July 7, campers had a special treat when the cast of Tap Dogs, the internationally acclaimed stage sensation that played the Ziff Ballet Opera House, stopped by AileyCamp for two hours of thrilling tapping and inspiring discussion of the life of a professional dancer.  The Tap Dogs demonstrated some of their famous stage skills, including the thunderous percussion, urban swagger, and easygoing humor that had the AileyCamp kids shrieking in sheer delight.  Campers also had the chance to try out some of the tappers moves.  Tap Dog Dominic Mortezadeh, who is a robust 17 years old, was a big hit with the campers, who range in age from 11-14, and could imagine themselves filling his world-class tap shoes in just a few short years. 

Then on July 13, AileyCamp opened its doors to all the campers’ parents and guardians, who joined in the fun, observing classes in modern dance, ballet, West African, jazz, and personal skill-building.  Nearly 200 family members flooded the Adrienne Arsht Center to support their youngsters, and raise their voices in the AileyCamp affirmations: “I will keep a positive attitude all day, every day.  I will treat others with courtesy and respect at all times.  I will not use the word ‘can’t’ to define my possibilities.” 

AileyCamp Miami culminates with an all-camp performance on August 7.


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when will the AileyCamp kids perform – they were so good last year that I don’t want to miss it.

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