Summer Dance - Michigan Opera Theatre

AileyCamp Detroit

June 28 - August 8, 2020

Dear Student:

It is our pleasure to invite you to join us this summer at AileyCamp Detroit!

If you want to build a stronger body, become a better dancer, have a great time with your friends and make new ones, AileyCamp Detroit is for you. In addition to learning dance, you will also enjoy such activities as, picnics and visual arts.
Please discuss your interest in AileyCamp Detroit with your parent or guardian, and show them the online application form, below, or download the PDF application.

We hope to see you this summer!

Robert Battle
Artistic Director, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater


AileyCamp is an innovative six-week summer program designed to engage children ages 11–14. Through disciplined dance training, creative writing instruction, personal development, and communication workshops, campers develop a respect for themselves and others that meaningfully impacts their lives.
Started by Alvin Ailey himself along with the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey in 1989, AileyCamps now operate in 10 cities across the country:

Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Berkeley/Oakland, CA; Chicago, IL; Kansas City, KS; Kansas City, MO; Miami, FL; Newark, NJ; New York, NY; Seattle, WA; and now DETROIT!

One hundred boys and girls, ages 11-14 currently in grades 6-8 will be selected from applications received. No prior dance training is necessary.

All applicants must be interviewed! You will receive interview information upon completing the application. You will be notified with acceptance information in April 2020. Submitting an application does not guarantee selection.

AileyCamp is six weeks, June 29 through August 8, 2020. Camp starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. These are six action-packed weeks! Campers must attend each day, unless they are ill. Please do not apply if you cannot commit to sending your child each day for the entire six weeks. If you have other plans during the six-week camp session, PLEASE DO NOT APPLY.

AileyCamp is free! Dance attire, transportation, field trips, breakfast, snacks and lunches are provided for campers thanks to generous cash and in-kind donations from corporations, foundations, government agencies, community groups and individuals.

AileyCamp is held at Detroit School of Arts. Students will be transported by school bus to and from designated pickup points. Campers that reside outside district boundaries must arrange their own transportation to and from camp.

Michigan Opera Theatre, c/o Kim Smith
1526 Broadway
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: 313.237.3251
Fax: 313.237.3223


EDD Intensive

August 3-9, 2020

EDD Intensive

Train with the professionals from Eisenhower Dance Detroit, including Artistic Director Stephanie Pizzo, during the 2020 Eisenhower Dance Detroit Intensive at the Detroit Opera House. Based on feedback and overwhelming requests from participants, EDD has expanded the program to include seven days of intensive training!

Designed for dancers Ages 14+ looking for a contemporary dance-focused program.

  • Culminates with a free, public performance
  • Offers attendees a full day of dance including ballet technique, modern technique, contemporary partnering, jazz, and EDD repertory
  • Provides dancers with instruction in EDD’s unique approach to technique which informs all aspects of the dancer’s training
  • Added alignment sessions and “lunch lectures” covering topics related to achieving success in college dance programs or a professional career
  • All classes taught by EDD Company Members and Artistic Staff!