+ AileyCamp: Dance and Life Lessons Each Summer

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Alvin Ailey’s Dance Theater has run dance camps for kids since 1989.  The summer camps target kids with academic, social and domestic challenges — criteria that often determin a child’s risk of dropping out of school. 

An important aspect of AileyCamp’s program is in providing positive adult and peer role models.  Another is to  give campers an invaluable opportunity to explore their creativity, to learn to master their bodies, and to strengthen their respect for themselves and others within a supportive framework that gives them a foundation for the future.

The camp curriculum includes daily technique classes in ballet, Horton-based modern dance, jazz, and tap. 

Campers also participate in personal development and creative communications classes.

Topics of discussion during the personal development classes include goal setting, self-government, nutrition, conflict resolution, career development and self-image building.

Techniques of performance and creative communication deepen the students’ awareness of their potential for self-expression.

AileyCamp Tool is a special follow-up program for campers, with the goal of reinforcing and expanding upon the meaningful experiences of the summer program. 

Noted educator Howard Gardner said,

“The most important moment in a child’s education is the ‘crystallizing experience’ — the experience that helps a young person focus, engage and deeply connect to something he or she cares about.”

In 2009, AileyCamps were held in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Kansas City (where it all began in 1989), Berkely, New York City, Staten Island, Boston, Bridgeport, Chicago and Miami.

Visit the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater site at http://www.alvinailey.org/page.php?p=arti&v=16&sec=programs

tutoring in Columbus OH:   Adrienne Edwards   614-579-6021   or email  aedwardstutor@columbus.rr.com

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