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Arsht Center Gives Kids Career Making Opportunity In AileyCamp

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

By Natalie Alatriste
On August 1, children of AileyCamp rocked the Knight Concert Hall stage, which has been used by big-name performers, including Barry Manilow, Kevin Spacey and even President Barack Obama.
Laughter, tears, and many standing ovations filled the concert hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts as the audience watched these children in their emotionally moving and final dance performance of the summer.
But here’s the interesting part: These students aren’t dancers. In fact, most of them had no dancing experience whatsoever. They’re the underserved children of Miami, and received a scholarship for the summer camp.
“I was shaking,” Jahi Gibson, a fourteen-year-old battling multiple sclerosis said of his first time on stage. “I tried not to let it show on my face how scared I was.”
The children selected for the program practiced all summer for it. One hundred kids, ages 11 to 14 (25 from each age group), were handpicked by AileyCamp Miami based on their backgrounds.
For six weeks, these kids were able to experience more than just dancing—they were able to bond and build strong relationships with each other. They even worked with a creative communications coach to write an oration for the show.
This was the camp’s seventh year in Miami, and the theme was “Attitude of Gratitude,” which encouraged the youngsters to express their concerns about today’s issues, and even covered relevant topics as serious as police brutality.
In a modern and poetic monologue, the children implored the audience to show gratitude to one another and strive for world peace.

They also performed West African dances, and a ballet that began classically with Chopin and eased into Bill Withers’s “Grandma’s Hands.”
AileyCamp’s main goal is to facilitate self-esteem, self-discipline, creative expression and critical thinking skills through dance, according to a press release.
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