“AileyCamp changed the way that I thought about what I can do and who I can be.” - Former AileyCamper Ben Schecter
AileyCamp is a nationally acclaimed summer program that uses dance as a vehicle for developing self-esteem, creative expression, and critical thinking skills in students ages 11–14. Conceived by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and run locally by Cal Performances, Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp combines professional level dance training with personal development activities. Learn more about Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and their upcoming performance with Cal Performances here.
In 2021, Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp will go virtual! Due to ongoing uncertainties around the pandemic, Cal Performances will be unable to offer an in-person camp this year. And yet, the need for young people to connect with each other and with caring adults, express themselves, and enjoy the transformative power of dance has never been greater than at this moment. In response, our talented staff and teaching artists are developing a Zoom-based, four-week camp that will provide small-group lessons in West African, ballet, Jazz, and modern dance, Creative Communication and Personal Development workshops, mentorship, and an opportunity to showcase their accomplishments with an end-of-camp video.
Help give a camper a free and life-changing experience this summer. Your gift will provide daily virtual dance classes, personal development workshops, access to technology, dance clothes, art supplies, and more.
AileyCamp Builds Resilience.
AileyCampers spend every day trying new dance moves, learning new skills, and working towards a common goal. In doing so, they learn that it often takes more than one try to be successful and that hard work pays off.
AileyCamp Teaches Collaboration.
Every day, campers take dance classes and work together in professional development workshops to learn about critical thinking and creative communication. They practice these skills in real time as they learn new choreography and come together to put on a final show for their family and friends.
AileyCamp is Fun!
Do you remember going to summer camp as a kid? Many AileyCampers don’t have access to other camps throughout the summer, and AileyCamp provides them with activities that help them learn and grow while dancing and playing with their peers.
AileyCamp is Free!
AileyCampers come from around the Bay Area with varying levels of access to food, education, and adult guidance. The students receive professional dance training, clothes for dancing, and all the supplies they need for every class.
AileyCamp Relies on Your Support!
Your contributions to AileyCamp make a lasting impact, not only on the students but also on their parents, their communities and their schools as AileyCampers use and promote the skills they have learned.