Metamorphosis: Ailey/CAS Camp Washington Heights Finale

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Written by: Giany Mejia

Photography by: Giany Mejia

For dozens of children who spent their summer months as part of The Children’s Aid Society (CAS)/Ailey Camp Washington Heights, the closure to their summer experience was right on stage for all to see. Campers celebrated the end of summer with a big production for friends and family, marking emotional growth and maturity with splits, leaps and drums.

On Thursday, August 11th, the CAS/Ailey Camps Washington Heights held its culminating event, their end of summer camp finale performance, in the main theatre at Hostos Community College in the Bronx. Colorful, inspiring and moving choreography, poetry and drums transported the audience to a place far beyond the busy traffic outside on the Grand Concourse.

CAS/Ailey Camp empowers young people by helping them develop a strong sense of self-esteem, self-expression and mastery. Each summer, 80 Children’s Aid campers (ages 10 to 14) from throughout New York City spend the summer learning the basic techniques of ballet, modern dance, jazz and tap.

“To see that when things come together right, when you have good schools, when you have good programs, when you have wonderful arts, that it can unleash this incredible power that young people have” said Bill Weisberg, The Children’s Aid Society’s Chief Operating Officer in his opening remarks.  “The whole world needs to be reminded that when things come together right, we support children in the right way, this beauty is unleashed.”

Find out more about the CAS/Ailey Camp.