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STG AileyCamp students in matching yellow shirts.

Photo by Christopher Nelson

About AileyCamp

Seattle Theatre Group AileyCamp launched in the summer of 2016, establishing a deeper partnership with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. STG AileyCamp, in memory of longtime Ailey Production Director, STG friend and Tacoma native Calvin Hunt, offers a free six-week camp for youth ages 11 - 14, using the power of dance and personal development to support middle school youth in developing a heightened awareness of their full potential, self-confidence, critical thinking skills and decision making skills to navigate difficult challenges. Created by Alvin Ailey and brought to the Seattle Area by 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.

During this six-week program, campers take daily dance classes from experienced teaching artists in popular styles such as West African, jazz, ballet, percussion and the Lester Horton technique (which is the basis of Alvin Ailey's works). The campers also participate in daily Personal Development and Creative Communication courses focusing on: how to empower young people to direct their own lives; how to prevent drug abuse; improve nutrition; and using visual art as an effective means of expressing thoughts and feelings.

Conceived in 1989, this vital program has reached thousands of youth across the country, providing direction and hope to youth who are most in need of knowing there can be a bright future. The Seattle Theatre Group® AileyCamp is the 10th AileyCamp site in the United States, bringing to Seattle, South King County and Tacoma, a program that stimulates, presents positive themes, and provides role models and mentors - impacting their lives now, as they move into their high school years and beyond.


Click here to read Seattle Refined's piece on Seattle Theatre Group AileyCamp.

image of young dancers talking Click here to see the NBC News story on AileyCamp.

Apply For AileyCamp

Applications for the 2019 program are now closed. Stay tuned for 2020!


WHEN (new start date!): The 2019 Seattle Theatre Group AileyCamp begins July 1, 2019 and ends August 2, 2019. Camp begins at 8:30 am and ends at 3:30 pm and runs Monday – Friday.

WHERE IS THE CAMP LOCATED?:Seattle Theatre Group AileyCamp will be held at: Beach Park Event Center, 22030 Cliff Avenue South in Des Moines, WA.

Please click here for more AileyCamp Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)


August 1, 2019 at 7:00 pm
The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Avenue in Seattle, WA

The STG AileyCamp Final Performance is a celebration of the growth and accomplishment of the campers ages 11-14. Come enjoy dance, spoken word, and visual art from their six-weeks of hard work!

image of students dancing at AileyCamp

Click above to watch the STGtv episode about AileyCamp.

Donate Today!

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

Contact Us

For more information, please contact:
Shawn Roberts, Director of Seattle Theatre Group® AileyCamp
206.518.5232 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.