2008 CAS/AileyCamp Final Performance

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Students Showcase Personal Growth Through Dance in Legacy

Innovative Program has Served New York Youth for 18 Years through Partnership between The Ailey Organization and The Children’s Aid Society

Thursday, August 7 at 7:00 PM

(New York) July 25, 2008—The concluding performance for 2008 Children’s Aid Society/AileyCamp Washington Heights, Legacy, will be presented on Thursday, August 7th at 7 pm at Columbia University’s Miller Theater (2960 Broadway at 116th St.). This hour-long 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 showcase their accomplishments through writings, specially choreographed dances, and theatrical improvisation in this inspiring performance.

AileyCamp provides underserved middle school students with the unique opportunity to learn and use dance as a vehicle for developing self-esteem, creative expression and critical thinking skills. The AileyCamp experience sets the stage for achieving important goals in high school and beyond. AileyCamp’s six-week curriculum includes daily dance technique, personal development, and creative communication classes along with weekly cultural and recreational field trips. Students begin each day with the AileyCamp Daily Affirmation—“I will not use the word can’t to define my possibilities.”

“I want the children to understand their uniqueness,” says Judith Jamison, Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, “The camp is about that kind of discovery and about the kind of commitment that says, ‘I am capable of doing anything positive in this life.’” This life-changing, full scholarship day camp impacts young lives in 9 sites around the country every summer including Atlanta, GA; Berkley, CA; Boston, MA; Bridgeport, CT; Chicago, IL; Staten Island, NY; Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS, in addition to Washington Heights.

Christopher Zunner, (212) 405-9028, czunner@alvinailey.org
Ellen Lubell, (212) 949-4938 or (917) 854-6864 (cell) ellenl@childrensaidsociety.org

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. As part of AAADT’s 50th Anniversary celebration, and its mission of making dance accessible to everyone, Ailey will present a special series of free performances and dance classes throughout New York City in all five boroughs from August 5-12.

The Children’s Aid Society was founded in 1853. It is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving 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.

Bloomberg is the proud sponsor of CAS/AileyCamp Washington Heights.

The AileyCamp program is supported by The Lehman Brothers AileyCamp Endowment Fund.

Citi provides major support for Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation’s Arts In Education programs.