Nietzsche declared, "One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star." It's doubtful that the existential philosopher anticipated chaos giving birth to Dancing With the Stars, where B-listers tango for more fame. More likely, he would have been down with the kind of dancing stars at this weekend's Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation's AileyCamp.
These stars take the shape of 100 at-risk middle-schoolers who have spent the past six weeks participating in a free dance camp. There, teachers, including former Alvin Ailey company member Yusha-Marie Sorzano, taught discipline and self-esteem through creative expression and lyrical movement. This Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center, the program will culminate with a professionally choreographed performance of ballet, jazz, modern, and West African dance pieces, interspersed with skits and spoken word.
Sat., Aug. 7, 7 p.m., 2010