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2009 Diary

Week 3: July 6 - July 10


Friday, July 10

Field Trip Friday: Strawberry Canyon

For the field trip today, the AileyCampers are going to the Strawberry Canyon pool for a day of sun shine and swimming. But before the campers head out for their trip, the AileyCamp staff puts on the third annual AileyCamp fashion show. The event features costumes accrued from past AileyCamp finale performances and donations from other dance organizations. It gives a chance for the campers to play dress-up in addition to serving several other purposes:

1.) It allows the staff to see what costumes are available for the final performance.

2.) It gives a chance for the campers to do the initial fitting on the costumes.

3.) It also gives the campers a chance to show their creative side and express themselves individually.

AileyCampers picking out their outfits AileyCampers picking out their outfits Getting fitted Getting fitted

Campers all having a good time Campers all having a good time

Time for a swim!

Hula hooping Hula hooping


Thursday, July 9

"The Spark of Creation"

AileyCampers all learned a new song today in their techniques class taught by AileyCamp Creative Communications instructor Miguel Zavala, accompanied by AileyCamp pianist Frederick Harris. The song is written and composed by Stephen Schwartz, titled "The Spark of Creation" from the Broadway musical Children of Eden.

Lyrics from "The Spark of Creation"

I've got an itching on the tips of my fingers
I've got a boiling in the back of my brain
I've got a hunger burning inside me, can not be denied
I've got feeling that the Father who made us
When he was kindling a pulse in my veins
He left a tiny spark of that fire, smoldering inside

The spark of creation, is flickering within me
The spark of creation,is blazing in my blood
A bit of the fire that lit up the stars
And breathed life into the mud, the first inspiration
The spark of creation

I see a mountain and I want to climb it
I see a river and I want to leave shore
Where there was nothing let there be something, something made by me
There's things waiting for me to invent them
There's worlds waiting for me to explore
I am an echo of the eternal cry of
Let there be!

The spark of creation, is burning bright within me
The spark of creation, won't let me rest at all
Until I discover or build or uncover
A thing that I can call, my celebration
Of the spark of creation

The spark of creation, may it burn forever
The spark creation, I am a keeper of the flame
We think all we want is a lifetime of leisure
Each perfect day the same
Endless vacation
Well that's alright if you're a kind crustacean
But when you're born with an imagination
Sooner or later you're feeling the fire get higher and higher
The spark of creation!!!

AileyCampers learning the lyrics AileyCampers learning the lyrics

After the singing lesson, the campers were asked to do a free writing exercise about their spark of creation. Examples below:


Wednesday, July 8

AileyCamp Open House
Video: AileyCamp Director David McCauley
Video: Modern Dance Instructor M'bewe Escobar

Today is AileyCamp open house and the friends and family members of AileyCampers are invited to see the campers in action. Several tours of the camp were held with more then 50 guest sitting in on classes.

New videos:

Listen to camp director David McCauley assess the campers after two weeks of camp.

Take a peek inside rehearsals for "I Wanna Be Ready" from Alvin Ailey's Revelations. Dance instructor M'bewe Escobar leads the class.


Tuesday, July 7

AileyCamp Volunteer Caridad Cole

Caridad Cole Caridad Cole

Caridad Cole, daughter of AileyCamp modern dance instructor M'bewe Escobar, is serving as an AileyCamp volunteer for the next two weeks during her visit from New Jersey. At age 14, Caridad will serve as our junior AileyCamp ambassador by take photos and talking to the AileyCampers about their experiences during camp.

Caridad posed the question, "How do you succeed in AileyCamp?"

"Try your best, have enough discipline and be yourself" - Jezreel
"I will be successful by trying my hardest and giving my all to perform" - Michael
"To be successful at AileyCamp, you have to be willing to cooperate" - Kema
"I gave it my 100%!" - Simone

Tomorrow, AileyCamp will have an open house for the family members and friends of AileyCampers. The campers have been working hard over the past three weeks to show off what they have all learned in front of their families and friends.

Caridad asked the campers, "Are you excited about your parents and friends coming tomorrow?"

"I think they will be pleased!" - Kiasi
"I am ready for them to come." - Micayla


Monday, July 6

Ballet Class

AileyCamp Ballet instructor Willie Anderson teaches the classic ballet steps like elevé, plié, passé, posé and relevé, and the campers also learn the importance of discipline and effort.

When asked, "what is your favorite part of ballet class?"

Campers Simone and Izzy both said "the teacher!"
"The live piano" - Jazzmin
"It pushes you out of your comfort zone" - Romen
"It teaches you how to keep your head high with hard word" - Edwin

Willie Anderson instructs the AileyCampers Willie Anderson instructs the AileyCampers


AileyCamp video
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.