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2008 Diary

Week 1: June 23 - 27

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Friday, June 27

Field Trip: OCSC Sailing Club

After AileyCampers wrapped up their first week of AileyCamp, they were treated to a field trip at the Berkeley Marina. Founder Anthony Sandberg and C.E.O. Richard Jepsen of OCSC Sailing Club welcome Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp for a day of nautical adventures. AileyCampers were divided into two groups: as one goes out to sail the other stays on land for some team building exercises.


Anthony Sandberg (left) and AileyCamp Director David McCauley (right) welcome AileyCampers Anthony Sandberg (left) and AileyCamp Director David McCauley (right) welcome AileyCampers Campers put on foul weather gear Campers put on foul weather gear

Sandberg assists campers with their gear Sandberg assists campers with their gear (left to right) Sandberg, Jepson, McCauley and camper (left to right) Sandberg, Jepson, McCauley and camper

Say Say "ship ahoy" All set and ready to go! All set and ready to go!

Perhaps some butterflies for the first time sailor? Perhaps some butterflies for the first time sailor? Instructor Kate Schatz and campers Instructor Kate Schatz and campers

Experienced sailors Experienced sailors




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Thursday, June 26

Personal Development

The AileyCampers got to know each other in today's Personal Development class taught by instructor Shawn Nealy. The "Getting to Know My Group Members" assignment asks the campers to interview each other and then share what makes them unique.


The assignment The assignment Campers share what they have learned about their group members Campers share what they have learned about their group members

Other campers listen to the presentation Other campers listen to the presentation Instructor Nealy with campers Instructor Nealy with campers

As a special treat, some of the AileyCampers learn how to do some hip-hop moves.



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Wednesday, June 25

Creative Communications Class

In today's creative communications class, AileyCamp instructor Kate Schatz taught the campers how to express themselves in a poem through metaphors. Using poet Langston Hughes's "Mother to Son" as an example, campers focus on the writing assignment.


Instructor Kate Schatz teaches campers about poetry Instructor Kate Schatz teaches campers about poetry Camper writes her poem Camper writes her poem

A new choreographer in the making! After a few lessons from AileyCamp dance instructors, a camper gets a chance teach his moves to the entire camp.



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Tuesday, June 24

AileyCamp in full swing!!

Camp is in full swing with campers learning ballet, African, jazz and modern dance techniques in addition to their classes on creative communications, personal development and performance techniques. After a full day, campers head home and rest so they will be ready for another action-packed day. Most campers rely on the bus to get to camp each day. After all of the AileyCampers have been dismissed, the staff meets to recap the day's events and plan for the next day's activities.


AileyCampers practice ballet for the first time with instructor Willie Anderson AileyCampers practice ballet for the first time with instructor Willie Anderson Campers prepare to board the bus and head home Campers prepare to board the bus and head home

AileyCamp staff meets at the end of day AileyCamp staff meets at the end of day


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Monday, June 23

First day of camp!

Let the summer fun begin! The first day of AileyCamp allows the campers to get to know the staff and their fellow campers. Not only did they receive camp uniforms and dance clothing, they also took their first dance class on the stage of Zellerbach Hall.


Volunteers help out with uniform distribution Volunteers help out with uniform distribution  Guidence counselor Sarah Kremer hands out tights Guidence counselor Sarah Kremer hands out tights

Campers showing off their AileyCamp bags Campers showing off their AileyCamp bags Volunteer AileyCamp working elfs Volunteer AileyCamp working elfs

The first dance class of the Summer The first dance class of the Summer



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AileyCamp video
AileyCamp!
Want to learn more about the Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp at Cal Performances? Watch this seven minute video that follows a group of Berkeley campers from beginning impressions through the grand finale performance.