AileyCamp Miami returns to the Arsht Center for its 13th season!
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) is pleased to announce the return of AileyCamp Miami, the centre’s award-winning free summer camp that uses dance as a vehicle for personal development for public middle school students from underserved communities across Miami-Dade County. A year after the camp went virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s campers are returning to the center for six weeks of personal dance, music and personality development workshops. The health and safety protocols are followed throughout the summer and include reduced storage capacity, safe distancing and masking requirements.
“AileyCamp Miami helped me get through the height of the pandemic last summer,” said returning AileyCamper Amonti Pipkin. “I am very happy to be able to experience the camp personally this year and to be able to enjoy the summer with my friends again.”
AileyCamp Miami 2021 culminates with a grand finale on the Swanee and Paul DiMare stage of the Knight Concert Hall, where campers showcase their dancing skills – and even some of their own spoken word compositions. The camp theme “Unique” recognizes and celebrates our differences and what makes us all unique. The theme will be incorporated into the camp curriculum and reinterpreted for the final performance, which will be streamed online on August 7th.
“In the past 15 months we have all realized the importance of human interaction in our lives – and that is a big reason that we decided to bring AileyCamp Miami back into a personal format for 2021,” said Jairo Ontiveros, Vice President for Arts Education and Social Engagement at the Arsht Center. “We are very excited to welcome our campers back to the center so that they can not only experience these important connections with their peers, but also use the arts to productively express their feelings.”
The nationally acclaimed summer program will continue to inspire young people through dance by offering classes in dance techniques such as ballet, Horton-based modern, jazz and West African dance. Personality development and creative communication courses teach campers how to express themselves positively and tackle challenging topics such as decision-making, peer pressure, conflict resolution and self-awareness. Campers will also take part in mentoring activities and curated conversations with inspiring leaders from different walks of life. Each day features specially curated thematic lessons and begins by reciting daily affirmations such as “I will take care of my mind, body and spirit” and “I will not use the word” cannot “to define my options,” according to AileyCampers leading the way to self-confident, productive and motivated people.
For more than 12 years, AileyCamp Miami has empowered the lives of more than 1,100 public middle school students in Miami-Dade County, opening up opportunities for their world that extend well beyond the multi-week program. Former campers have been enrolled in prestigious performing arts programs, graduated with arts and science degrees, and paid for them by creating nonprofit community organizations and mentoring AileyCamp Miami.
“From my personality to my passion to my voice, I have used every affirmation and life skill taught at AileyCamp Miami to become the successful man I am today,” said former AileyCamper Treyon Sargent, who performed as a dance this year AileyCamp Miami returns teachers. “It has always been my dream to come back and share some of the knowledge that has flowed into me with the younger generation. I am forever grateful for this program – everything started here for me and everything will continue. “
AileyCamp Miami has achieved national recognition and widespread recognition in the community as a positive force for Miami youth. In 2016, the White House recognized the program with the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award – the nation’s highest award for creative youth development programs. AileyCamp Miami also received the Children’s Trust’s 2017 Champions for Children Program of the Year Award.
AileyCamp Miami is produced and funded by the Arsht Center with public and private support in collaboration with the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation. AileyCamp Miami has built a solid foundation for community support through a growing number of local foundations, corporations, and individuals who believe in the program’s power to improve the lives of young people. In 2021, the program will be made possible with leadership support from the Batchelor Foundation, the Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation, the Green Family Foundation, and the Himan Brown Charitable Trust, with additional support from Samvid Ventures; Children’s trust; Miami-Dade County Mayors and Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council; the State of Florida, Department of State, Department of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; The Kirk Foundation; Al and Jane Nahmad Family Foundation; GOYA; Marian and David Rocker; The Israel, Rose, Henry & Robert Wiener Charity Foundation; TriMix Foundation; Praxair; The Miami Foundation; Publix Supermarkets Charities; Genesis Motor America; and friends of AileyCamp Miami.
For information on how you can support AileyCamp Miami, visit arshtcenter.org/aileycampmiami.
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