Summer Camp Uses Dance to Teach Students Life Skills
American Anai Espinoza is in the eighth grade. This summer, she took part in a summer dance program called AileyCamp. Each morning, she and other campers would say several phrases together. Her favorite is this: "I am in control."
Espinoza said, "It makes me believe I have the power to choose the right thing."
AileyCamp was created in 1989 in Kansas City, Missouri by world-famous dancer and director Alvin Ailey. About 1,000 students in 10 U.S. states take part in AileyCamp every year. It is a free, six-week program aimed at young people in financial need or who have school, social or family difficulties.
In addition to dance, the camp introduces students to visual arts, creative writing and other communication skills. It also teaches them how to eat well, solve conflicts and become leaders, notes the camp's website.
Dianne Caroll Sales directs the AileyCamp in Atlanta, Georgia. When the camp over, the city's professional ballet company offers 10 students a full-tuition scholarship for a year of training. The scholarship can be renewed.
Kameron Davis received one of those scholarships when he was a young man. He trained with the Atlanta Ballet for three years. Then he became a dance teacher. Davis said he does not think his mother could have paid for dance classes without the scholarship.
Davis said children at school made fun of him when he began dancing. AileyCamp, he said, offered him a safe place and increased his confidence. Today, he enjoys giving back to the program by helping new campers build their confidence, too.
"It's an open door to finding new things, doing new things," Davis said. "When I got to AileyCamp, it just reassured me that, ‘Hey, it's okay. Everybody is different. You shouldn't be judged by what you do just because not a lot of people do it.'"
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美国学生阿奈·埃斯皮诺萨今年八年级 。今年夏天，她参加了一个名为“艾利训练营”的夏季舞蹈项目 。每天早晨，她会和其他成员一起闲聊 。她最喜欢的是：“一切尽在掌控之中” 。
艾利训练营于1989年由世界著名舞蹈家和导演阿尔文·艾利在密苏里州堪萨斯城创立 。每年来自美国10个州的约1000名学生会参加艾利训练营 。这是一个为期六周的免费项目，旨在帮助有经济困难或有上学、社交或家庭困难的年轻人 。
除了舞蹈，夏令营还向学生介绍视觉艺术、创意写作和其他沟通技巧 。训练营的网站指出，夏令营还教学生如何吃得好，如何解决矛盾，以及如何成为领导者 。
黛安娜·卡罗尔·萨莱斯是佐治亚州亚特兰大艾利训练营的负责人 。夏令营结束后，该市的专业芭蕾舞团将为10名学生提供为期一年的全额学费奖学金 。奖学金可以重复获得 。
卡梅隆·戴维斯年轻时就曾获得该奖学金 。他在亚特兰大芭蕾舞团训练了三年 。后来，他成了一名舞蹈老师 。戴维斯说，要不是有奖学金，他的母亲不可能支付得起舞蹈课费用 。
戴维斯称，他刚开始跳舞时，学校里的孩子都取笑他 。他说，艾利训练营为他提供了一个安全的地方，增强了他的信心 。现在，他也乐于通过帮助新成员建立信心来回馈这个项目 。
戴维斯说：“这是一扇敞开的大门，在这里，可以发现新事物、尝试新事物 。我到达艾利训练营时,它让我感到安心,‘嘿，没关系 。每个人都是不同的 。不应该因为许多人没有像你那样做，你的行为就要受到质疑 。’”