The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County will host the in-person return of AileyCamp Miami, the award-winning free summer dance camp for middle schoolers, through August 7. In honor of its thirteenth season, this year’s campers will return to the center for six weeks of in-person workshops in dance, music, and personal development. Health and safety protocols will be followed throughout the summer, including reduced camp capacity, safe distancing, and mask requirements.
“AileyCamp Miami helped me get through last summer during the height of the pandemic,” said Amonti Pipkin, a returning AileyCamper. “I’m really excited to be able to experience camp in person this year and to be able to enjoy the summer with my friends again.”
AileyCamp Miami 2021 will culminate with a grand finale performance on the Knight Concert Hall’s Swanee and Paul DiMare stage, where campers will showcase their dance skills and their own spoken word compositions. The camp’s theme, “Unique,” recognizes and celebrates our differences and what make us all one of a kind. The theme will be woven into the camp’s curriculum and reimagined for the final performance, which will be streamed online on Aug. 7.
“Over the past 15 months, we’ve realized the vital importance of human interaction in our lives. That’s a huge part of why we decided to bring AileyCamp Miami back to an in-person format for 2021,” said Jairo Ontiveros, vice president of arts education and community engagement at the Arsht Center. “We’re thrilled to welcome our campers back to the center so that they can not only experience these important connections with their peers, but utilize the arts as a way to productively express their feelings.”
The nationally acclaimed summer program will continue to inspire young people through dance by providing classes in ballet, Horton-based modern, jazz, and West African dance. Personal development and creative communication classes will teach campers how to express themselves in positive ways and tackle challenging subjects that include decision-making, peer pressure, conflict resolution, and self-awareness. Campers will also participate in mentoring activities and have conversations with inspiring leaders from various walks of life. Each camp session will begin with daily affirmations like “I will pay attention with my mind, body, and spirit,” and “I will not use the word ‘can’t’ to define my possibilities,” to guide AileyCampers on a path to becoming confident, productive, and motivated individuals.