AileyCamp

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.

Featured News Releases

NAHYP Award Release - AileyCamp Miami - FINAL - Embargoed until 11-15

First Lady Recognizes AileyCamp Miami At The White House

The Adrienne Arsht Center’s AileyCamp Miami, a free summer program that uses dance as a vehicle for developing self-esteem in young students, on Tuesday received the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award – the nation’s highest honor for creative youth development programs. Janasia Johnson, 14, of Miami, FL. and a 2016 camper, was at the White House today along with Jairo Ontiveros, the Arsht Center’s Director of Education and Community Engagement, to receive the award from First Lady Michelle Obama on behalf of AileyCamp Miami.

AileyCamp New York Celebrates its 25th Year as Part of National Program that Inspires and Educates Young Students through Dance and Personal Development

(New York, NY) June 25, 2015 – Since its inaugural summer in 1991, AileyCamp New York has been using the art of dance as a means to stretch the minds, bodies, and spirits of young students in Washington Heights. Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, AileyCamp New York, is one of the eight AileyCamps across the country helping young people reach their full potential.

Featured Press Coverage

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Miami Herald - She Lost Her Mother But Found Her Voice

A Miami teen who learned to cope with her mother's incarceration through a local arts program will meet first lady Michelle Obama. Janasia Johnson, 14, who was inspired by the Adrienne Arsht Center's AileyCamp Miami, will accept an award for the program at the White House on Tuesday.

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New York Amsterdam News - Former AileyCamper, Now Ailey Member Solomon Dumas Affirms Program's Value

Thursday, Aug. 11, more than 100 youngsters will take the stage at Hostos Center for Arts & Culture for a festive performance that caps their six-week summer at CAS/AileyCamp New York. They will showcase skills nurtured by the innovative program that combines dance and classes in creative communication and personal development to give kids ages 11 to 14 tools that help them reach their full potential by encouraging self-awareness, self-esteem and discipline.