What’s New With U? – Week 1

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What’s New With U? – Week One

As the final buses pulled into the lot and kids ran onto campus for the first time this summer, old friendships were rekindled and new ones blossomed. On the way to their first period, students hugged those they missed, introduced themselves to new campers, and chatted excitedly about what they’re looking forward to this summer.

The Opening Ceremony got underway with a riveting faculty performance by Sam Dillon, our talented Jazz Conductor, and the much-anticipated unveiling of the “Friendship U”  — designed by our very own Samantha Mason. When the bang of the gong rang out over McKinley Amphitheater, everyone cheered, knowing that Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts officially began its 2019 season.

This week, students and staff were delighted to welcome the incredible musical and dance performances to the stage. On Tuesday, The Brown Rice Family’s palpable energy filled the Amphitheater with their upbeat music which incorporates reggae, hip-hop, dancehall, afro-beat, and jazz stylings. They roused our campers to dance alongside their incredible rhythms and show off their cool dance moves. On Wednesday, we witnessed the wonders of CONTINUUM Contemporary Ballet as they showed us what it means to celebrate a spirit of dancemaking that is inspiring, collaborative, and progressive.  The week was closed out by Faculty from the Music department giving us a taste of tango, flamenco, classical, and even original music on a variety of instruments. We can’t wait to see what the next Festival Performance has in store.

See U next week.

Here’s Looking at U

Every newsletter, we will have a compilation video and collection of photos from the previous week. Scroll through and click on photos to enlarge.

 

#AMoreSustainableU: Sustainability Tips and Tricks

Our goal to make Usdan the place that we wish the world could be. With that in mind, we approach this summer with optimism and hope as we implement a few small changes which we think will have a big impact on our community, and, just maybe, through you—our camper families—on the world.

We are minimizing the physical documents we mail you; replacing trash bins with recycling bins on campus; going completely off the electrical grid across many of our studios. Along with this, we want to encourage Usdanites to be as mindful about the natural world on and off-campus. All summer, we are sharing Sustainability Tips & Tricks on our Green Sign that students can read as they enter the main campus every morning. 

Friday Inspiration: “The first thing I have learned is that you are never too small to make a difference.” – Greta Thunberg

 

Gearing Up: Merch Item of the Week 

 

Each week, we’ll be sharing with you a featured merch item from our store. This week, it’s Usdan PopSockets. You can order this and more at the Usdan shop online or at our Welcome Center.

 

 

Up Next: Upcoming Events and Programming

We’re kicking off our second week with a diverse array of musical and comedic pieces from distinguished artists and performers.

You’re always welcome to join us for a performance and backstage lunch. To arrange to attend the backstage lunch, contact us at RSVP@usdan.org at least 24 hours in advance.

The full event calendar can be found here. Next week’s performance schedule is below: 

Monday, July 8
Festival Guest Performance – The Knights
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM

Tuesday, July 9
Festival Guest Performance – Betty
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM

Wednesday, July 10
Festival Student Performance 
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM

Thursday, July 11
Festival Guest Performance – Lakou Mizik 
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM

Friday, July 12
Festival Performance – The Red Trouser Show
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM

 

Administration Corner

Join us for our The Sassafras Bash, our summer Gala, on July 25th. Dinner tickets are going fast, so get yours here. Children are welcome at the Gala dinner with a Gala ticket or are invited to The Seedling Shindig, a free party for kids of dinner attendees. 

We have an app now! Search and download “Usdan Summer Camp” from the Google or Apple App Store and have all important camp information right at your fingertips. 

#LaurensPolaroids

Executive Director Lauren Brandt-Schloss is giving us a blast from the past with these polaroid photos. We love the vintage look of Lauren’s pics from this week. 

 

What Do U Think? Weekly Poll Question

What is your child’s goal for this summer? Tell us at tellus@usdan.org.

What’s New With U? – Week 7

What’s Inside

What’s New With U? – Week Seven

We end our 50th Anniversary summer on a high note with the last of our student performances, in-studio showcases, and Art Open Studios. An encore showing of “Secret Garden” along with performances of “Little Women” and “Strawberry Freckleface” rounded out the theater season. The second Quidditch Tournament of the season took flight, and our annual end-of-year Junior Parade and Senior Carnival was a swirl of color, music, friendship, and fun. Ballet Next closed out our Festival programming and, off campus, Usdan students performed with International Contemporary Ensemble as part of Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center.  At our closing Assembly we honored the “Lifers,” campers who have been here 8 years or more and staff who have hit 10 years or more, and cheered as the 12th graders joined our Alumni ranks. Here are some of the sights and sounds from around camp this week and this summer.

Here’s Looking at U

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#50YearsOfU: A Peek Into the Archives

When you think of Usdan, what color springs to mind?  Blue – like the swimming pools? Green – like the wooded campus and grounds that surround us?  Or yellow – like the busses that transport kids from around Long Island and the New York City area to the yellow gates of the camp? Since the beginning, those air-conditioned capsules were a place for students to cultivate excitement, foster friendships and compare notes on the day’s activities. Today, the bus fleet that brings students to and fro numbers 140, and makes more than 30,000 stops every summer. So, as we wave goodbye to the busses for a final time this season, we’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who had a hand in the coordination from the special bus arrival and departure dance.  Safe travels to all – and we’ll see you next year!

Gearing Up: Merch Item of the Week

The good news: There are still three weeks left til Labor Day. Even though camp is over, you can still take a little Usdan with U to the beach and beyond with our special towel.

 

Up Next: Upcoming Events and Programming

Yes – it’s the close of the 2018 season, but it isn’t the end of the connections made. We have a few Fall and Winter events in the works, so watch out for the next newsletter and follow us social media to stay in the know. Hope to see U soon!

 

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Administration Corner

Camp has only been over for a couple hours, but we already miss seeing your children traveling along our paths, but they have left a bit of themselves behind. The memories we’ll keep, but their water bottles, towels, lunch boxes, and art we think you should have back. We will be in the office from 9am to 4pm next week August 13 – 17 for you to come by to pick up anything left behind. Please call first. The office will be closed from August 20 through September 3rd, but will be back on September 4th.

Now, we turn our attention to summer 2019. For all our current Usdan Families, we invite you to pre-register for Summer 2019 through Return2U and lock in 2018 rates and get first choice of classes when we open enrollment in November. For more information visit: usdan.org/return2u

What Do U Think? Weekly Poll Question

This week we’d like to know how your summer was. Tell us anything you think we should know.

What’s New With U? – Week Six

What’s Inside

What’s New With U? – Week Six

Time flies when you’re having fun!  It’s hard to believe we’re closing out Week Six – and what a week it was. Project Trio kicked off this week from the Festival stage. Band Majors as well as Dance Majors and Minors rounded out the Amphitheater performances. Energy on campus was high thanks to tons of in-studio presentations and the annual Sewing and Fashion Design showcase. We took “The Big Plunge” with Artist In Residence Pedro Lasch  – which culminated in a kid-made whirlpool in our refreshing shallow pool. Usdan Theater students transported us to “1776”; flew us to Neverland with “Peter Pan”; until we landed “Somewhere That’s Green” thanks to “Little Shop of Horrors” and “The Secret Garden.” But, the magic didn’t stop at our yellow gate: Matinee Idols’ took a trip to see “Mean Girls” and Sustainable Design and Rock On students participated in the Solar NightWalk with Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun on Governor’s Island. Check it out here along with some other sights and sounds from campus this week.

Here’s Looking at U

Click on photos to enlarge.

 

#50YearsOf U: A Peek Into the Archives

Hey U! Just as Usdan’s classes and campus have evolved over the years, so has its logo.  The original incarnation was a clear reference to the 140-wooded acre campus, featuring a lush green tree line and the then-name fully spelled out: Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts.  When the 80s arrived, the logo was modernized (or at least for that time!), using graphic elements and bright colors which were nods to the various disciplines – including the use of a musical note at the center, as the ‘d” in Usdan. Very 80s, indeed! In 2011, the more casual “This Summer” logo came to life. Today, Usdan’s logo ratchets up its connection to community and reference to our 100 classes with the ”U” designed to represent all aspects of camp — from music to swim; nature and writing; drama to art; dance to archery. And, every year, we ask students to submit their designs for the newest U that best depicts a special element or aspect of Usdan.

Gearing Up: Merch Item of the Week

Check out our boat tote in the Usdan Store! You can order this and more at the Usdan store online or at the camp.

 

Up Next: Upcoming Events and Programming

We close out our 50thanniversary season on a high note with the last of our student performance and showcases, Art Open Studios, the second Quidditch tournament of the summer, and our annual end of year Junior Parade and Senior Carnival.  The full list here.

Monday, August 6

All Day
Art Open Studios Majors & Minors

10:15AM
Senior Instrumental Majors (Period 1: Flute IV)

10:30AM
Senior Usdan Troupe Majors “The Secret Garden”
Junior Actor’s Craft & Audition Bootcamp Minors Showcase
Junior Quidditch Tournament

11:05AM
Senior Instrumental Majors (Period 2: Violin III; Viola III; Cello III)

Festival Performance – Student
12:10PM
Junior Orchestra II Majors

Festival Performance – Student
12:35PM
Senior Orchestra III Majors

1:30PM
Senior Usdan Troupe Majors “The Secret Garden”
Senior Actor’s Craft & Audition Bootcamp Minors Showcase
Senior Quidditch Tournament
Senior Instrumental Majors (Period 2: Double Bass III)

2:15PM
Junior Instrumental Majors (Period 4: Violin II; Viola II; Cello II)

Tuesday, August 7 

10:15AM
Orchestra IV String Studio Performance

11:05AM
Junior Hip-Hop Minors, Junior Broadway Dance Minors, Junior Absolute Beginner Ballet Minors

Festival Performance – Student
12:10PM & 12:35PM
Senior Band IV Majors

1:15PM
Senior Broadway Jazz Dance Minors
Junior Instrumental Majors (Period 3: Clarinet I, Flute I, Saxophone I, Low Brass I, Percussion I, Violin I, Cello I)

2:15PM
Junior Band I Majors
Junior Orchestra I Majors
Senior Hip Hop Minors, Senior Open Level Ballet Minors

Wednesday, August 8

Festival Performance – Artist
12:10PM  & 12:35PM
Ballet Next

1:15PM
Junior Parade & Senior Carnival (students only)*

Thursday, August 9

10:05AM
Junior Guitar Minors (Period I)
Junior Piano Minors (Period I)

10:30AM
Senior Piano Majors

11:05AM
Junior Guitar Minors (Period 2)
Junior Piano Minors (Period 2)
Film Festival (Filmmaking Majors, Animation Majors, Mobile Photo Minors, Select Video Game Majors)
Strum, Pluck & Pick Majors

Festival Performance – Student
11AM
Discovery Chorus

Festival Performance – Student
12:10PM and 12:35PM
Senior Chorus Majors & Minors

1:15PM
Senior Guitar Minors (Period 3)
Senior Piano Minors (Period 3)

1:30PM
Junior Musical Theater Adventure Majors (T9) – “Strawberry Freckleface”
Junior Piano Majors

2:15PM
Senior Guitar Minors (Period 4)
Senior Piano Minors (Period 4)
Film Festival (Filmmaking Majors, Animation Majors, Mobile Photo Minors, Select Video Game Majors)

7:30PM
“A Wave and Waves” with International Contemporary Ensemble” at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

Friday, August  10

10:15AM
Junior Dance Adventure Minors

10:30AM
Junior Chorus Majors & Minors
Senior Drama Lab Majors (T7) – “Little Women”

11:05AM
Senior Choreographic Institute Majors, Senior Contemporary Dance Majors

12:05PM
Closing Day Ceremony (students only)

1:15PM
Senior Dance Ensemble Majors, Junior Contemporary Dance Majors, Junior Ballet Majors

*Seniors who want to swim or participate in water activities should bring a swimsuit and flip flops.

Administration Corner

This summer has been a whirlwind of art-making, friend-making, and risk-taking. As sad as we are that we’re entering the final week of the 2018 summer, we’re excited to think about summer 2019. For all our current Usdan Families, we invite you to pre-register for Summer 2019 through Return2U and lock in 2018 rates and get first choice of classes when we open enrollment in November. For more information visit: usdan.org/return2u

What Do U Think? Weekly Poll Question

Last week we asked about the friends your kids have made this summer. We’re thrilled to hear that new friendships and long-lasting ones are one of the best things to come out of a summer at Usdan. As we start to wind down the summer, we’d love to hear what your kids thought of their classes. What they loved, what they think we can improve.  Tell us at tellus@usdan.org.