About AileyCamp

"I will not use the word can't to define my possibilities."
- AileyCamp Daily Affirmation

AileyCamp is an innovative summer program designed to serve inner-city children grades six through eight.

Founded by Alvin Ailey and the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey in 1989, AileyCamp targets students with academic, social and domestic challenges—criteria that often determine a child's risk of dropping out of school—but also welcomes students who have little opportunity to develop their artistic interests. An important aspect of the program's success is in providing positive adult and peer role models, and giving campers an invaluable opportunity to explore their creativity, learn to master their bodies, and strengthen their respect for themselves and others within a supportive framework that gives them an important foundation for the future.

The AileyCamp curriculum includes daily technique classes in ballet, Horton-based modern dance, jazz, and tap. The 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. Classes in techniques of performance and creative communications deepen the students' awareness of their potential for self-expression.  AileyCamp Too! is a special follow-up program for campers, with the goal of reinforcing and expanding upon the meaningful experience of the summer program.
There are currently 8 AileyCamps operating in 8 cities across the country: Atlanta, GA; Bridgeport, CT; Kansas City, KS; Kansas City, MO; Miami, FL; Berkeley, CA; Newark, NJ; and Washington Heights, NY.

"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."  - Howard Gardner, noted educator.

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