"I will not use the word can't to define my possibilities."
— AileyCamp Daily Affirmation

Alvin Ailey believed that “dance is for everybody,” and was especially dedicated to using dance to enhance the lives of underserved children. AileyCamp represents a vital continuation of Alvin Ailey’s vision, using the power of dance to enrich and positively alter the lives of children.

AileyCamp is an innovative summer program for children ages 11-14 that uses disciplined dance training, creative writing instruction, personal development, and communication workshops, to help campers develop a respect for themselves and others that meaningfully impacts their lives.

Since its inception in 1989, this vital program has reached thousands of youth across the country, providing direction and hope to children who are most in-need of knowing there can be a bright future.

View the article and slideshow by The New Jersey Star-Ledger
of students participating in the first-ever AileyCamp in Newark, NJ.

Watch AileyCamp New York on NBC's The Today Show 
"Star power: Alvin Ailey dance camp gives disadvantaged teens a chance to shine"


"My daughter who is dyslexic, was given a chance to believe in herself, gain confidence, and explode with the inner and outer beauty of dance."
Parent of 2012 camper

"My son enjoyed learning different dances [and] making friends, and benefitted from writing about respect and self-image."
Parent of 2010 camper

“Compared with other camps that I’ve heard about, there is NO comparison. The staff is totally dedicated to Mr. Ailey’s ideals, and the students finish the camp with confidence, new friendships, and a deeper love of dance.”
Parent of 2010 camper

“The teachers taught me that when you dance you should dance with your soul, mind, body, and spirit. Dancing is not just a way of moving. It’s a way to communicate with each other.”
—2009 camper

“AileyCamp helped me have more respect for others.” 

2010 camper

2015 AileyCamp

Atlanta, GA — June 3 – July 10
Baltimore, MD — June 29 - July 10
Berkeley, CA — June 22 – July 31
Kansas City, MO — June 1 - July 10
Kansas City, KS — June 1 - July 10
Miami, FL — June 22 - August 1
New York, NY — July 6- August 14
Newark, NJ — June 29 - August 7


Camp Curriculum

The AileyCamp curriculum includes:

  • Daily technique classes in ballet, Horton-based modern dance, jazz and tap or West African
  • Personal development classes: goal setting, nutrition, conflict/resolution, career development and self-image
  • Creative communications classes: with performance techniques, deepen the students' awareness of their potential for self-expression

AileyCamp Too! is a special follow-up program for campers to reinforce and expand upon the meaningful experience of the summer program.

"The most important moment in a child's education is the 'crystallizing experience' -- the experience that helps a young person focus, engage and deeply connect to something he or she cares about." —Howard Gardner, noted educator

Contact the AileyCamp directors and learn more about becoming a member of the AileyCamp staff.
Listen to the Miami NPR feature on the launch of AileyCamp Miami AileyCamp.


AileyCamp Interns

During the summer months, AileyCamp looks for for dedicated, hands-on interns who want to make a difference in a child’s life while learning the administrative responsibilities of running a summer day camp. Interns for the Newark and New York City AileyCamps are coordinated by Ailey’s Arts In Education & Community Programs department and are given assigned responsibilities by the National AileyCamp Director. The internship runs through the summer and will require 28-35 hours per week/Monday – Friday (4-5 days). All interns are required to attend a 3-day orientation prior to the start of AileyCamp.

  • Attend a 3-day mandatory staff orientation (dates in June TBD)
  • Office and day-to-day tasks related to AileyCamp
  • Manage AileyCamp phone lines including taking messages and returning calls.
  • Collect daily attendance
  • Assist campers with class content, dance skills, choreography and activities as needed in classes
  • Assist in the coordination of activities for campers as needed in conjunction with AileyCamp staff
  • Attend all camp classes and activities with an assigned group, (at least 3 days) Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:30am – 3:30pm
  • Participate in lunch duty, free periods and general supervision of campers
  • Participate as directed on field trip days
  • Document AileyCamp with video and photography
  • Participate in all rehearsal, preparation and day-of final performance activities as needed to support AileyCamp staff
  • Assist faculty members as needed in the creation of the end-of-camp performance materials
  • Assist with the final performance day as runners, costumers, usher, etc.
AileyCamp is in session for 6 weeks beginning in early July and ending in mid-August.
(2014 dates TBD)

To apply for this internship with AileyCamp, please provide resume and cover letter detailing your interest in an internship at Ailey. Please send all materials by email to  


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