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AileyCamp Frequently Asked Questions

Parents/Guardians Please Note
What is Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp?
Who Is Eligible?
When Is AileyCamp?
What Does It Cost?
Where Is AileyCamp?
Who Sponsors AileyCamp?
How Would I Get To AileyCamp Every Day?
What Are The Activities?
What Would I Wear?
Who Is Your Staff?
How May I Apply?
Who Do I Contact?
When Is The Application Deadline?
What is The Interview About?
When Will I Know If I Have Been Selected To Attend AileyCamp?
Who Has To Attend The Mandatory Orientation?
When Is The Finale Performance?

Parents/Guardians Please Note:
In order for us to consider your child's application they MUST:

  • Submit their application by the due date: Friday, February 24, 2017.
  • Attend an interview session. You will receive advance notice of the date. The applicant's interview is in lieu of an audition as applicants do not need to have any dance training to apply.
  • Submit documents certifying they have had a physical examination between May 8, 2016 and May 8, 2017, and are current in immunization shots. Submitting immunization records alone is not sufficient. The appropriate medical forms must be submitted on Tuesday, May 8, 2017. Please do not submit medical information until you are requested to do so.
  • Attend the mandatory parent/guardian/camper orientation May 8, 2017 if they are selected or on the waiting list.
  • NOT APPLY if they have scheduling conflicts, for example sports practices, games, other performance commitments between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., or you have vacation plans between Monday, June 26 and Friday, August 4, 2017.
  • Applicants will be notified no later than Friday, April 14, 2017 of their application status. (Please do not call or email about your status unless you have not heard from us by 5:00 pm April 14, 2017.)

Please remember that just as with any sports team, dance company, theater company, job, school or camp, Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp has limited space and for a variety of reasons everyone who applies may not be enrolled into AileyCamp. Students who are not enrolled this year are encouraged to apply again next year.

What is Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp?

An intense, fast-paced, summer day camp where youths are immersed in dance, and come to respect the discipline of dance as a physical activity that requires athletic ability comparable to skills demanded by any sport. Campers also increase their leadership skills and enjoy a variety of athletic and social activities.

The camp was inspired by the work of legendary dancer and choreographer, Alvin Ailey, who founded his own New York-based dance company, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. When Kansas City, Missouri was selected as the second home for the company in 1984, plans for AileyCamp began. Kansas City, Missouri held the first AileyCamp in the summer of 1989.

Who Is Eligible?

60 students (ages 11–14) attending schools in the Richmond, Berkeley, and Oakland area school districts will be selected from the applications received. Prior dance training is not a consideration for admission.

When Is AileyCamp?

AileyCamp will begin on Monday, June 26, 2017 and end on Friday, August 4, 2017. Camp begins at 8:30 a.m., and ends at 3:20 p.m., Monday through Friday. These are six action-packed weeks! Campers are expected to attend each day, unless they are ill. Please do not apply if you cannot commit to attend during the above mentioned dates or times. If you have any vacation plans during this time DO NOT APPLY.

What Does It Cost?

AileyCamp is entirely tuition-free for all participants. Instruction, dance attire, field trips and meals (breakfast and lunch) are provided. Transportation is provided to Oakland students; Berkeley students must provide their own transportation to and from camp.

Where Is AileyCamp?

AileyCamp will be held at Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall and adjacent buildings on the University of California, Berkeley campus, Telegraph and Bancroft avenues.

Who Sponsors AileyCamp?

AileyCamp is co-sponsored by Cal Performances in association with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation that sponsors the activities of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, and The Ailey School.

How Would I Get To AileyCamp Every Day?

Transportation is provided for Oakland students with three pickup points (TBD) for AileyCampers living in the Oakland Unified School District. The bus will pick campers up in the morning and drop them off at the end of the day at the designated Pickup/Drop-off locations.

What Are The Activities?

Daily classes in a variety of dance techniques, creative writing and personal development (including peer discussion groups). Periodically there are field trips and visiting artists. Final performance is held at the end of camp for family, friends and supporters.

What Would I Wear?

Boys – gym shorts, T-shirts, and ballet slippers
Girls – gym shorts, T-shirts, tights, leotards, and ballet slip
All of the AileyCamp attire will be provided.

Who Is Your Staff?

Male and female dancers, former Ailey Company or Ailey-trained artists, from New York and the Bay Area, and other professionals dedicated to making AileyCamp a great experience.

How May I Apply?

DON'T DELAY, SPACE IS LIMITED!!!
Interested students should either email your application request to aileycampcalperformances.org or call the AileyCamp office at 510.642.4630 and request us to send an application to your mailing address. Once you receive the application, fill it out and fax or mail it to the address listed below.

Who Do I Contact?

Berkeley/Oakland AILEYCAMP at Cal Performances
101 Zellerbach Hall #4800
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720–4800
Attention: David McCauley

Phone: 510.642.4630
Fax: 510.643.6707
Email: aileycampcalperformances.org

When Is The Application Deadline?

Friday, February 24, 2017

What Is The Interview About

There is nothing the applicant needs to prepare for their interview, they will know everything we ask. For example we may ask, "How are things going at school?" Or, "What do you plan to do after you graduate from high school?" And so on. If your child is a bit nervous because they've never done an interview before, please let him or her know there is no need for worry — there are no wrong answers — they are going to have a great interview!

When Will I Know If I Have Been Selected To Attend AileyCamp?

Applicants will be notified by mail no later than Friday, April 14, 2017.

(Please do not call or email about your status unless you have not heard from us by 5:00 pm April 14, 2017.)

Who Has To Attend The Mandatory Orientation

If you are notified that you are on the 2017 Active Roster, or on the 2017 Waiting List, it is a requirement that you attend the mandatory orientation meeting. Students must be accompanied by a parent, or legal guardian.

When Is The Finale Performance?

7 pm, Thursday, August 4, 2017. Admission is free, but tickets are necessary. Tickets may be obtained in person at the Cal Performances Ticket Office at Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus in advance.