AileyCamp Students Showcase Diverse Talents in 20/20 Illumination Performance

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Final Performance Celebrates 20 Years of New York partnership between Alvin Ailey and The Children’s Aid Society

WHAT:
 
The New York CAS/Washington Heights AileyCamp final performance, 20/20 Illumination, performed by 80 11-14 year old students featuring writings, specially choreographed dances, theatrical improvisation, and percussion performances, as well as a surprise tribute to Judith Jamison in honor of her twenty years as Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
 
WHEN/WHERE:
 
Thursday, August 12 at 7:00pm in Columbia University’s Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway at 116th St.).
 
Photographers and camera crews are invited to attend and interviews are available with Ailey students and staff (with advanced notice media opportunities are available during rehearsals on Tuesday, August 10 at Columbia University’s Miller Theater and Wednesday, August 11 at the Washington Heights Camp location)
 
WHO:
 
AileyCampers from Washington Heights, Central Harlem, East Harlem and the Bronx present what they’ve learned during the summer program and experience the accomplishment and beauty in performing on stage for family and friends.
 
Available for interviews before the performance include:
  • Judith Jamison – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director
  • Sharon Gersten Luckman – Alvin Ailey Executive Director
  • Richard Buery – The Children’s Aid Society President and CEO
  • Nasha Thomas-Schmitt - National Director of AileyCamp and former member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • Solomon Dumas – Ailey II company member and former AileyCamp student.
  • Ailey Camp Teaching Artists and Student Participants
WHY:
 
AileyCamp’s innovative program, now in ten cities nationwide, inspires inner-city youth to believe in their unlimited possibilities. The six-week summer program uses dance as a vehicle for developing self-esteem, creative expression and critical thinking skills. Students attend AileyCamp under full scholarship. This summer, dance sessions included extensive dance training in ballet, tap, jazz, West African technique along with percussion workshops and creative communication, theater, Ailey history and personal development classes.
 
CHECK OUT AILEYCAMP: AileyCamp Washington Heights
 
Please RSVP to Amanda Householder at (212) 405-9032 or in the evening (856) 669-7792.
 
Bloomberg is the proud sponsor of CAS/AileyCamp New York.
 
Chase is the National Art of Learning Sponsor.
 
Leadership support for Ailey’s Arts in Education and Community Programs is provided through the Simin & Herb Allison Arts In Education Endowment Fund.
 
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