AileyCamp is an innovative summer program where middle school students are encouraged to explore their budding identities. AileyCamp is a physically and mentally demanding program that uses disciplined dance training, creative writing instruction, personal development, communication workshops, field trips and social activities to develop skills that impact their success. Each AileyCamper receives a full tuition scholarship, as well as uniforms, meals and transportation free of charge.
What is AileyCamp?
AileyCamp is a six-week summer day camp where pre-teens are “turned on” 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. Also, campers increase their leadership skills and enjoy a variety of athletic and social activities. All campers will participate in the end of camp Final Performance. Campers learn that dance is challenging, fun, and helps them in other sports and in life!
Who is Eligible?
One hundred Boys and Girls, who are currently in the 6th, 7th or 8th grade (ages 11-14), 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.
When is AileyCamp?
AileyCamp begins in mid – June and ends in late July (Six Weeks). Camp starts at approximately 7:15 am and ends at 2:15 pm, 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, i.e. vacation, Kauffman Scholar program, athletic/band camp, etc… 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 Kansas City, Kansas USD500 District boundaries 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 non-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 at Art Education Programs Downloads or by calling KCFAA, 816.471.6003. Application does not guarantee acceptance.
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.
- I will greet this day with love in my heart.
- I am a winner.
- I am in control.
- I think before I act.
- I will listen to learn.
- I will pay attention with my mind, body and spirit.
- I will treat others with courtesy and respect at all times.
- I will treat others as I would like to be treated.
- I will keep a positive attitude all day everyday.
- 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.
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