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World-renowned Ailey Arts in Education to Bring a One-Week Dance Residency to Stepping Stones Museum for Children in August

By Stepping Stones Museum for Children

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Norwalk, CT - Campers will be burning up the dance floor at Stepping Stones Museum for Children during a special AileyDance Kids One-Week Dance Residency. From August 19 – August 23, teaching artists from the world-renowned Ailey Arts in Education program will be “in the house” at the award-winning children’s museum for a five-day camp experience that features Hip-Hop and West-African Dance classes. Just as the summer temperatures peak outside, our campers’ dance skills will be peaking indoors as they learn new, red-hot moves and refine their technique under the tutelage of top instructors during this unforgettable AileyDance Kids experience.

The AileyDance Kids One-Week Dance Residency presents an awesome summer camp program for children who love to dance. Each day from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm, children ages 5 – 7 years old and ages 8 – 11 years old will enjoy Hip-Hop Dance and West African Dance classes with experienced teaching artists and musicians from the renowned Ailey Arts in Education plus enriching STEAM workshops from Stepping Stones educators and entertaining Lunch and Learn films. Space is limited to 30 children in each age group.

Ailey Arts in Education & Community Programs are committed to bringing dance into classrooms, communities and the lives of people of all ages. They represent a vital component of Alvin Ailey’s original vision. In fulfillment of Ailey’s belief that “dance is for everybody,” AileyDance Kids residencies give young people across the Tri-State Area the opportunity to explore their creative potential and further develop life-skills such as teamwork and self-discipline. Each year through AileyDance Kids, thousands of children have the opportunity to envision their potential, imagine possibilities and feel the joy of dance as they experience Ailey. Since 1992, more than 100,000 young people from diverse backgrounds have been served through Ailey Arts in Education.

Stepping Stones is excited to bring this amazing and enriching dance curriculum to the children it serves. The museum seeks to broaden and enrich the educational opportunities for children ten and under and enhance their understanding of the world by creating an environment that inspires lifelong learning. Dance helps children mature physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. Dance builds physical strength and endurance, fosters creativity and expression, teaches communication and collaboration, promotes the importance of respect and inspires self-esteem, self-confidence and self-belief.

Campers will thoroughly enjoy the AileyDance Kids One-Week Dance Residency’s comprehensive format. In addition to the fun and joy sparked by the live Hip Hop/Jazz and West African drumming that drives the Ailey Arts in Education classes, Stepping Stones Museum for Children’s teaching and learning team will enhance the camp experience with daily, supportive STEAM workshops featuring fun explorations about healthy nutrition, the human body and more. Daily lunch-and-learn sessions will introduce the artistry of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and other iconic dance innovators with entertaining films and discussion while campers cool down and enjoy lunch.

Space is still available for the AileyDance Kids One-Week Dance Residency, which will take place daily at Stepping Stones from Monday, August 19 through Friday, August 23. The camp will be offered from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm daily. Classes will be offered for children ages 5 – 7 years old and children ages 8 – 11 years old. To provide the most optimal experience for the campers, we are limiting enrollment to 30 children in each age group. Tuition is $175 for the week for each member child and $200 for the week for each non-member child. There is an option to purchase a box lunch for each day of the camp from the museum’s Healthyville® Cafe. The cost for that option is $30 for the week. For more information or to register, call 203 899 0606, ext. 0 or visit

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