Dancing the Summer Away

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Last night at the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture in the Bronx, middle school students from some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in the city took to the stage for AileyCamp New York’s final performance, Destiny.

Approximately 100 campers have been working hard for six weeks at The Children’s Aid Society/AileyCamp New York. Attendance is free, and children come from a number of Children’s Aid sites in its four primary service areas: Washington Heights, Harlem/East Harlem, the Bronx, and northern Staten Island. Last night’s performance showcased the campers’ skills with specially choreographed dances in ballet, jazz, modern, and West African styles. A highlight of the event was a special performance inspired by Alvin Ailey's Memoria. The event was made possible by the event sponsor Bloomberg, and the support of the New York State Education Department, the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, and an anonymous donor. And, of course, the talented children who worked so hard all summer long.