The Alvin Ailey summer dance camp for disadvantaged inner-city kids here will be able to triple its number of campers thanks to a $66,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, part of a major new initiative to aid "artistically under-served communities."
The NEA grant, funneled through the Maryland State Arts Council, means the camp will be able to serve between 80 and 100 at-risk middle school-aged kids each of the next two summers. Last summer, when the program was held for the first time, only 30 kids were able to attend, said Ann McIntosh, executive director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Foundation of Maryland.
In addition, the camp will run from four to six weeks, compared with two last summer, she said.
The camp, which is based at Morgan State University, stresses personal development as well as dance. It is part of an annual residency here by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, which includes workshops, school assemblies and performances by the main company and junior troupe.