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AileyCamp [FAQ, A Summer at AileyCamp, History]


AileyCamp FAQ

What is AileyCamp?
AileyCamp is a six-week summer day camp where students are introduced to dance, and come to respect the discipline of dance as a physical activity which requires athletic ability comparable to skills demanded by any sport. Campers also increase their leadership skills and enjoy a variety of athletic and social activities. They learn that dance is challenging, fun, and helps them in other sports and in life!

Who is Eligible?
One hundred boys and girls per campsite, ages 11-14 entering grades 6-9 will be selected from applications received. Students must reside in Missouri to attend camp at the Missouri site or reside in Kansas to attend camp at the Kansas site. No prior dance training is necessary.

How are students selected?
Need, gender, and ethnicity relative to district wide representation are factors in the selection process. KCFAA will conduct interviews at the summer camp site on Saturday, April 1 in Missouri and Saturday April 8 in Kansas or at your school when allowed. All students must be interviewed! You will be notified with interview information after we receive and process your application. You will be notified with acceptance information on or before April 31, 2017.

When is AileyCamp?

AileyCamp is six weeks, June 5 through July 13, 2017. Camp starts at approximately 7:15 a.m. and ends at 2:15 p.m., Monday – Friday. These are six action-packed weeks! Campers must attend each day, unless they are ill. Please do not apply if you cannot commit to sending your child each day for the entire six weeks. If you have other plans during the six-week camp session, PLEASE DO NOT APPLY.

What is the cost of AileyCamp?
AileyCamp is free! Dance attire, transportation, field trips, breakfast, snacks and lunches are provided for campers thanks to generous cash and in-kind donations from corporations, foundations, government agencies, community groups and individuals.

Where is AileyCamp?
AileyCamp is held at two sites, one in Kansas City, Missouri and one in Kansas City, Kansas. Campers that reside within the KCPS summer program boundaries in Missouri or within the KCKPS boundaries in Kansas will be transported by school bus to and from designated pickup points. Campers that reside outside district boundaries must arrange their own transportation to and from camp.

Campers that reside in Topeka, KS will be transported daily by school bus to and from a designated pickup point.

Who Sponsors AileyCamp?
AileyCamp is sponsored by Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, a not-for-profit organization, incorporated in 1984 to establish an on-going presence of Alvin Ailey in Kansas City. KCFAA receives contributions from corporate, foundation, government and individual donors in addition to school district support.

How may I apply?
DON’T DELAY, SPACE IS LIMITED!!! Interested students may apply by means of in-school recruitment, online, or by calling KCFAA.  Application does not guarantee acceptance.

Who do I contact?

Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey
1714 East 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

Phone: 816.471.6003 (Front Desk ext. 0)
Fax: 816.471.6001

KCFAA (Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey) AileyCamp 2015 Final Performance Wednesday 8 July 2015 at Paseo Academy of the Arts. Photo, Copyright 2015 Mike Strong –

A Summer at AileyCamp. . .

Dance Classes in jazz, tap, modern and ballet are taught by professional faculty from around the country who act as role models, using original curriculum created in 1989 with the support of Denise Jefferson, Director of The Ailey School in New York City.

Creative Communication is divided with alternating sessions in creative writing in a curriculum developed specifically for the program; percussion which explores ideas through sound; and visual art, playing with abstract ideas of color, space and shape.

Personal Development classes instruct students on making the right decisions relating to conflict resolution, substance abuse, sexuality, peer relationships, self-esteem, health and nutrition.

Guest Speakers enhance goals of the program and serve as community role models.

Community Service introduces campers to the importance of philanthropy by engaging them in an organized work day, in partnership with other community service organizations, where they give their time and energy to benefit their city in a meaningful way.

Field Trips & Family Events provide a wide range of arts, cultural and entertaining experiences to further enhance the goals of this urban community camp. Campers and their families are also invited to KCFAA’s Block Party and a “dance off” to meet the camp staff and engage in the AileyCamp experience.

Daily Affirmations

  1. I will greet this day with love in my heart.
  2. I am a winner.
  3. I am in control.
  4. I think before I act.
  5. I will listen to learn.
  6. I will pay attention with my mind, body and spirit.
  7. I will treat others with courtesy and respect at all times.
  8. I will treat others as I would like to be treated.
  9. I will keep a positive attitude all day everyday.
  10. I will not use the word can’t to define my possibilities.


In 1989, with assistance from the Gannett Foundation, KCFAA introduced an innovative summer program for middle school students in the Kansas City, Missouri School District. AileyCamp was designed to reach urban youth, using dance to develop their self-esteem, self-discipline, critical thinking skills and creativity.  KCFAA expanded AileyCamp into the neighboring Kansas City, Kansas School District in 1999.

Each year, awareness of AileyCamp Kansas grows and more students apply for the program. Today more than 180 students attend AileyCamps in Kansas and Missouri. There are ten AileyCamps across the United States.

AileyCamp has received many awards and honors, including the prestigious Coming Up Taller Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities and three federal agencies.

To view and download AileyCamp FAQ, Application, Information, and Forms

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