Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp is a joyful and rigorous six-week program free to selected youth ages 11–14. This summer, camp runs from June 20–July 28, 2023, 8:30am–3:30pm daily.
The application period for AileyCamp 2023 has closed. To apply for AileyCamp 2024, check this site in late January 2024.
AileyCamp’s talented staff and teaching artists are excited to offer campers classes in African dance, Ballet, Jazz, Modern Dance, Creative Communication, and Personal Development, as well as a variety of field trips, guest workshops, and special events. Camp culminates in a performance that showcases campers’ accomplishments before an audience of hundreds in Zellerbach Hall.
AileyCamp provides a supportive community where young people can connect meaningfully with each other and with caring adults, express themselves creatively, and experience the transformative power of dance.
“When I go to my new school I’m going to use one of the (AileyCamp) affirmations, ‘I will not use the word can’t to define my possibilities,’ because I’ve gained more confidence dancing with my peers in camp.” – 2022 AileyCamper
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 510.642.4630 for more information.
Tue, June 20 – First Day of AileyCamp
Tue, July 4 – Closed (in observance of Independence Day)
Thu, July 27, 7pm – Camp Performance (free)
Fri, July 28 – End of Camp Ceremony & Celebration
About Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp
Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp is a full scholarship summer program that has transformed the lives of over 1,200 young people from the East Bay and beyond since its first camp in 2002.
This nationally acclaimed summer program uses the power of dance to support 11–14 year-olds in developing self-esteem, creative expression, and critical thinking skills. Conceived by Alvin Ailey in 1989, and run locally by Cal Performances, Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp combines professional-level dance training with personal development activities. Around 60 campers are chosen from each year’s pool of applicants, enrollment does not require prior dance experience.
The program’s dedicated staff, instructors, and group leaders provide role models and mentorship, impacting campers’ lives, and by extension, their families and communities, as they move into their high school years and beyond.
The Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp Experience
AileyCampers receive daily training from experienced teaching artists in four major dance forms (Modern, Ballet, Jazz, and African dance), explore creative writing and the visual arts in Creative Communications classes, and enhance their social and emotional development through the Personal Development course. A cornerstone of the AileyCamp program, Personal Development promotes life skills such as goal-setting, nutrition, conflict management, media literacy, positive self-image, leadership development, and more. Stimulating field trips and guest artist workshops round out the campers’ week.
Held on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp encourages campers to feel that they belong on campus and to envision their own potential college experience. Campers have breakfast and lunch in a university dining hall, participate in a campus scavenger hunt, and perform in a professionally presented final showcase on the Zellerbach Auditorium Stage with full technical and design support, offered free to supportive audiences made up of family and friends.