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Seattle Theatre Group AileyCamp combines disciplined dance training, personal development, creative writing, visual art instruction, and percussion classes to support youth in developing respect for themselves and others that meaningfully impact their lives.

AileyCamp is a FREE summer day camp where youth learn about dance and important life skills, develop self-confidence, self-awareness, and creative expression – all in an atmosphere of empowerment, respect, and trust. STG’s Ailey Camp runs from June 26 - July 31, 2024.

STG AileyCampers take daily dance classes from experienced teaching artists in popular styles such as West African, jazz, ballet, percussion and modern. The campers participate in daily Personal Development and Creative Communication courses focusing on:youth empowerment, healthy decisions drug abuse prevention; improved nutrition; and using visual art as an effective means of expressing thoughts and feelings. At the culmination of the program the students will perform at the Moore Theatre. The Final Performance highlights the accomplishments and successes of the campers time at STG’s AileyCamp.

STG is part of the AileyCamp national program from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater program. To learn more visit here.

STG AileyCamp is in memory of longtime Ailey Production Director, STG friend and Tacoma native Calvin Hunt.

Applications for AileyCamp 2024 are now closed.


Meet AileyCamp National Director and Master Teacher & Spokesperson for Education & Community Programs

Nasha Thomas directs all of the AileyCamp programs across the Nation and designs the national outreach for Ailey’s Arts in Education & Community Programs department. As a primary liaison between Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation and the national arts-in-education community, she plays a central role in working with local communities to develop and run AileyCamp programs across the U.S., as well as managing and teaching national residencies, workshops, and master classes, which reach over 1,000 young people each year. Ms. Thomas has led Ailey Arts In Education programs everywhere from public school classrooms, to Lincoln Center Plaza, to Gracie Mansion, to the White House. Chosen by Mr. Alvin Ailey, Ms. Thomas danced with the Company from 1986 to 1998. In 1980 she received the prestigious Presidential Scholar of the Arts award. Ms. Thomas is a graduate of New York’s High School of the Performing Arts and Southern Methodist University.

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Your support is needed to make AileyCamp available to middle school-aged youth in need of increased access to confidence building arts experiences.