2007 Children's Aid Society AileyCamp Concluding Performance

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Students Showcase Accomplishments with Pride

Innovative Program Has Served New York Youth for 17 Years through Partnership between Alvin Ailey and The Children’s Aid Society

Christopher Zunner, office - 212-405-9028, cell - 646-246-8779, czunner@alvinailey.org 
Ellen Lubell, office - 212-949-4938, cell- 917-854-6864, ellenl@childrensaidsociety.org

Thursday, August 9 at 7:00 PM

“I will not use the word can’t to define my possibilities.”
-AileyCamp Daily Affirmation

Pride, the concluding performance for 2007 Children’s Aid Society/AileyCamp Washington Heights, will be presented on Thursday, August 9th at 7 pm at Columbia University’s Miller Theater (2960 Broadway at 116th St.). This performance is free and open to the public. Photographers and camera crews are invited to attend.

Over 80 campers from Children’s Aid Society/AileyCamp Washington Heights, 11-14 year old students from Washington Heights, Central Harlem, East Harlem, the Bronx and other communities in New York City, will give an inspiring performance including choreographed dances, poetry readings and theatrical improvisation.

Produced in conjunction with The Children’s Aid Society, AileyCamp New York is an innovative six-week summer dance camp that uses dance as a vehicle for developing self-esteem, creative expression and critical thinking skills for underserved youth. Students attend AileyCamp under full scholarship. This summer, daily sessions included extensive dance training in ballet, tap, jazz and modern technique along with percussion workshops and creative communication, theater, Ailey history and personal development classes. In 2007, AileyCamp expanded to inspire middle school students in 9 sites around the country, including the addition of a second site in New York City with the launch of Children’s Aid Society/AileyCamp Staten Island.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT), America's Cultural Ambassador to the World, was founded in 1958 and has performed for more than 21 million people in 71 countries and on 6 continents. Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc. is the umbrella organization which includes AAADT; Ailey II, founded in 1974 as a junior performing company of emerging young dancers and innovative choreographers; The Ailey School, founded in 1969 and currently offering some of the most extensive dance training programs in the world; Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs which is committed to bringing dance into the classrooms, communities and lives of people throughout the world; and The Ailey Extension, a program that offers dance and fitness classes to the general public.

The Children’s Aid Society was founded in 1853. It is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving more than 150,000 of New York’s neediest children and their families with a network of services that includes community schools, neighborhood centers, camps, adoption and foster care services, teen pregnancy prevention, education, health and recreation. For more information, please call 212-949-4938 or visit www.childrensaidsociety.org.