Welcome to Week 4 of the Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp. This week is a major turning point of the summer because it is our final week of classes before we move into our rehearsal period.
Ms. Ishkabibble (Ms. Érika Padilla-Morales) offered a closing ceremony for her Creative Communications class, as well as tokens of appreciation for each camper. We will certainly miss the visual art and creative space that Ms. Ishkabibble has shared with us this summer!
Nasha Thomas-Schmitt, the National AileyCamp Director, spent two days in Zellerbach Hall teaching our campers choreography for our Final Performance. Here are a few pictures of her working with the Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp:
"It’s a way to express myself, and it’s related to music" - Amir Weksler
"Dancing allows me to get out of my comfort zone" - Tayari Henry
Every summer, AileyCampers have a chance to strut their stuff down the runway. They might model solo, like Nya Taylor below:Or, they take the runway in duos and trios:
Bobbie Brown, left, and Mestewal Thomas, right, working out their red and white.From left to right: Ma’lia Gibson, Daysha Singleton, Niah Thomas.Of course, it would not be AileyCamp if we didn’t include a dance party in our Fashion Show!
That’s a wrap for Week 2! We can’t wait for all the excitement to come in Week 3: Open House, the swimming field trip, and a very special visit from New York.
Érika Padilla-Morales, otherwise known as Ms. Ishkabibble, teaches Creative Communications. She has been working at the Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp since 2011, sharing her warm smiles, opening campers’ minds, and finding our campers’ voices to let them shine beyond their art pieces.
"When I think of Creative Communications, I think of how we are exchanging messages with each other and how can we connect those messages together. I want my students to have a sense of literacy around messages that they are creating as well as messages they are receiving." - Érika Padilla-Morales
AileyCamp Goes Sailing
On Friday, AileyCampers took a field trip to the Berkeley Marina to go sailing with OCSC Sailing.Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp posing for a group photograph before embarking on Friday’s adventures.
Our campers had a great time sailing in the San Francisco Bay! It was a great opportunity to explore the bay area and find a new perspective of cities like San Francisco, Berkeley, Richmond, and Oakland.The campers were split between two groups; as one group took the waters, the others stayed on land for team-building activities led by AileyCamp staff.Shawn Nealy, Personal Development Instructor (right) leads campers in a game of House.
Both groups returned from sailing in time for a delicious lunch outside on the warm sunny day. Before riding the bus back to Zellerbach Hall, the campers played one more game: they made a list of songs that had the word “love” as a lyric, and then they chose one song to perform for their peers.And that concludes our first week of AileyCamp! It was an exhausting week for many, with so many dance classes packed into one week. Luckily, they have the weekend to rest, enjoy, and prepare for the upcoming week 2!
Classes are in session!
At the Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp, we offer several classes:African Dance, taught by Naomi Diouf,Ballet, taught by Priya Shah,Creative Communications, taught by Érika Padilla-Morales,Jazz Dance, taught by Rosario Lionudakis,Modern Dance, taught by Derrick Minter,Personal Development, taught by Shawn Nealy,and last but not least, Techniques of Performance, taught by David McCauley, Director of AileyCamp .