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2009 Diary

Week 2: June 29 - July 3

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Friday, July 3

Field Trip Friday: Fourth of July Holiday

Camp not in session for Fourth of July holiday!
Both campers and staff get to enjoy the day off.

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Thursday, July 2

Meet AileyCamp Counselor Sarah Kremer

AileyCamp Counselor Sarah Kremer AileyCamp Counselor Sarah Kremer


AileyCamp Counselor Sarah Kremer's Perspective:

At AileyCamp, my role is to help campers and staff have the best experience they can during our six weeks together. That means if someone has a situation or an issue that is preventing being in class or being in group, I can step in and offer guidance and support to get back into class or the group. As an art therapist, I also like to use creativity as a way of thinking about the problem and the solution.

I am getting to know each camper and group through a weekly session during Personal Development. In these classes, we're focusing mainly on feelings - what they are; where they come from; how to identify them; how to express them appropriately without disrespecting anyone else, getting into trouble, or shutting down; and then how to express feelings through creative modalities, including visual art, music, drama, and, of course, dance. We start from the beginning - knowing what feelings we're having - and move into expressing them in different ways. I hope that campers will learn and experience more positive ways of getting whatever is going on inside on the outside so that they will continue to be open to new experiences and successful as they grow older.

Many campers start of the summer with feelings of nervousness, excitement, self-consciousness, happiness, and even a little defensiveness. All of these are completely expected and normal. As a whole staff, we hope to build on their excitement, show them how talented they are as individuals and as a group, and then give them a great experience that they'll remember.

Examples of campers expressing their emotions:

agonize agonize aggressive aggressive anxious anxious apologetic apologetic arrogant arrogant


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Wednesday, July 1

"I Wanna Be Ready" from Alvin Ailey's Revelations

AileyCamp modern dance instructor M'bewe Escobar taught a special techniques class on Zellerbach stage, drawing an excerpt from Alvin Ailey's greatest and most beloved work Revelations. Escobar broke down the choreography from "I Wanna Be Ready" and the campers were all very excited in learning the piece.

I Wanna Be Ready lyrics

I wanna be ready, I wanna be ready, I wanna be ready,
Lord, ready to put on my long white robe.
Lord, I wanna be ready, I wanna be ready, I wanna be ready,
Lord, ready to put on my long white robe.
I would not be a sinner, I'll tell you the reason why,
'Cause if my Lord should call on me,
Lord, I wouldn't be ready to die.
I wanna be ready, I wanna be ready, I wanna be ready.
Lord, ready to put on my long white robe.
Lord, I wanna be ready, I wanna be ready, I wanna be ready.
Lord, ready to put on my long white robe.
I would not be a gambler, I'll tell you the reason why.
'Cause if my Lord should call on me,
Lord, I wouldn't be ready to die.
I wanna be ready, I wanna be ready, Lord, I wanna be ready,
Lord, ready to put on my long white robe,
Be ready to put on my long white robe,
Jus' ready to put on my long white robe.

M'bewe Escobar teaching the choreography M'bewe Escobar teaching the choreography AileyCamp Director David McCauley stepping in to assist a camper with her posture AileyCamp Director David McCauley stepping in to assist a camper with her posture

Campers practicing the steps Campers practicing the steps



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Wednesday, June 30

Video: Modern Dance Instructor Corrine Nagata

AileyCampers were in for a treat with a special modern dance workshop led by Corrine Nagata from the local Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. Corrine's workshop focused on the Horton technique, one of the modern dance techniques campers learn as part of their modern dance curriculumn taught by M'bewe Escobar.

Corrine Nagata working with group M Corrine Nagata working with AileyCampers AileyCampers ending workshop with a personal pose AileyCampers ending workshop with a personal pose


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Monday, June 29

Ailey C-A-M-P!

It's been only 5 days of AileyCamp, but we are thrilled to report that AileyCamp is filled with 50 eager, energized and respectful campers! Our AileyCampers have come prepared with positive attitudes and open minds, and are looking sharp in their dance attire with their shirts tucked in and hair pulled back. AileyCampers are divided into four groups; C-A-M-P. Once each camper has been placed in a group, they work together as a team to brainstorm words starting with the letter of their group that exhibit characteristics, qualities, values, and goals of the group. After reflecting on all the words, the group decides on a name. And now, we are proud to introduce to you the fantastic ensembles that make up the 2009 AileyCamp...!

Color Coded

Active Dancers

Marvelous Achievers

Pro-FRESH-ionals


Color Coded showing off their nifty ID cards Color Coded showing off their nifty ID cards Active Dancers in Modern Dance Active Dancers in Modern Dance

Marvelous Achievers ready to start class Marvelous Achievers ready to start class Pro-FRESH-ionals practing African dance on stage Pro-FRESH-ionals practing African dance on stage


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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.