Please Credit Photo: Tap Class with Marshall Davis Jr. at Ailey Extension. Photo by Jacqueline Chang.
Please Credit Photo: AAADT in Talley Beatty's The Stack Up. Photo by Nan Melville.
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.
This installment of TODAY's series, "Hope to It," spotlights AileyCamp, a six-week program from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater that serves kids ages 11 to 14, helping them face personal challenges through dance.
Celebrating 25 Years of AileyCamp July 8, 2013 National Director of AileyCamp Nasha Thomas discusses AileyCamps 25 years of helping inner-city youth reach their potential through innovative programs beginning today in Washington Heights as well as several other cities nationwide.
Please Credit Photo: AileyCamp Newark Creative Communications Class. Photo by Joe Epstein
Please Credit Photo: 2017 AileyCamp New York Final Performance. Photo by Nan Melville.