What’s New With U? – Week 4

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What’s New With U? – Week Four

Performances, workshops, and exhibitions – oh my! This week’s schedule was chock-a-block, including thrilling Festival performances from Broadway’s Laura Osnes, Adam Kaplan, and Mat Eisenstein, and Usdan favorite The Chameleons. Usdan’s Dance Ensemble and Senior Band carried us through the week with stellar amphitheater performances. And daily in-studio presentations and workshops— in Music, Dance, Theater, and Creative Writing— showed us what they’ve got. “Mischief was managed” during the first of summer’s two Quidditch tournament days and the casts of Chicago, Anyone Can Whistle, and High School Musical took to the stage. The much-anticipated, and sold out, 50thAnniversary Gala on Thursday was a celebration of arts and an experience for all the senses. Our gala performance ended with the exuberant “Rhythm of Life” sung by Junior and Senior campers who were joined by Alumni singers and led by beloved former Junior Chorus conductor Elaine Gates. Artist-in-Residence Cantor Randall Schloss and Junior Chorus performed songs of jubilation and the celebratory “We Salute U” lunch (for 5-year campers) helped us close out our busy fourth week.

Here are some sights and sounds from campus this week.

Here’s Looking at U


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#50YearsOf U: A Peek Into the Archives

Suzanne Usdan, daughter of one of Usdan’s founders, Samuel Lemberg, and the person for whom Usdan was named, once said that the camp gave students the opportunity to “Lose yourself for a summer and find yourself for a lifetime.” As we move into our second fifty years, that sentiment remains as true today as it did in Usdan’s earliest years. This week, for our look back at the archives, we share a video from our 10th anniversary season, narrated by Andrew McKinley, Usdan’s first Executive Director, that delves deeper into the early years of Usdan. You saw a sneak peek of it in the video above, but you can watch the full 1978 promotional video below.

Gearing Up: Merch Item of the Week

Check out our joggers – new to the Usdan Store! You can order this and more at the Usdan shop online or at the camp.

Up Next: Upcoming Events and Programming

Week Five already! There’s so much in store including interesting guest Festival performances; a unique collaboration between Artists in Residence ICE with the Chess and Percussion Students; the debut of work from the Choreographic Institute Majors and a fun performance from Musical Theater Majors of The Addams Family. We also welcome our three-week session campers. Full schedule here:

Monday, July 23

Festival Performance – Artist
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM
Akropolis Reed Quintet

Tuesday, July 24

Festival Performance – Student
12:10 PM
Senior Jazz Ensemble Minors

12:35 PM
Senior Advanced Jazz Ensemble Majors

Wednesday, July 25

Festival Performance – Student
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM
Senior Orchestra IV Majors

Thursday, July 26

Festival Performance – Artist in Residence & Student
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM
International Contemporary Ensemble with Chess & Percussion Students

Friday, July 27

10:30 AM
Senior Choreographic Institute Majors
Senior Musical Theater Majors (T3) – The Addams Family

Festival Performance – Artist
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM
The Blue Eyed Bettys

1:30 PM
Senior Musical Theater Majors (T3) – The Addams Family
Dance Ensemble Repertory Majors

Administration Corner

Our three week session begins on Monday. We’d love all seven week campers to help us welcome our new friends to campus. Anyone who’d like to be a Usdan Ambassador to help orient our new campers should meet at the Buddy Tent when you get to camp.

What Do U Think? Weekly Poll Question

Last week we asked you about your kids’ favorite spots on campus. We can’t believe it, but the swim hill was the most popular. This week we want you to know what your kids think of Usdan’s natural environment. What do they love? (We know how they feel about the mosquitos.) Tell us at tellus@usdan.org.

What’s New With U? – Week Three

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What’s New With U? – Week Three

Week 3 was powerful and productive.  We rang in the start of our two-week session, and classes moved ahead full steam, setting the stage (literally) for next week’s shows, in-studio presentations, and the 50thAnniversary Gala. Mixed media artist Antonia Perez shared her gorgeous work, which uses discarded plastic bags, in the art gallery and around campus and also took the time to teach her technique to students so they could create their own upcycled pieces. We enjoyed Festival performances from Senior Orchestra IV, Usdan faculty, flamenco dance company Sol y Sombra, and Broadway’s Danyel Fulton, Douglas Lyons and Ted Arthur. Students were really thinking out of the box studio this week— rehearsing, practicing, creating, and presenting projects “en plein air.” As we “float” into the weekend, check out images of those below, along with other sights and sounds from the week.

Here’s Looking at U

Garden Panorama – Scroll left or right to view.

 

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#50YearsOf U: A Peek Into the Archives

Usdan’s got class(es) — 100 of them to be exact. But, while our first season 50 years ago was longer (eight weeks), the docket wasn’t nearly as extensive. Initial departments were limited to Music, Art, Dance and Recreation. Dancers could take Ballet and Modern Dance majors from the get-go, as well as Folk Dancing as a minor. Believe it or not: Tap and Jazz didn’t shuffle onto Usdan’s Campus until the 1980s.  And, budding visual artists could only choose from Ceramics, Painting, Sculpture and Photography. Creative Writing was added two years later and the ultra popular Jewelry-Making, now Metalsmithing, debuted in 1974. Today’s classes include Stage Combat, 3D Design, Organic Gardening, Quidditch, and more.

Another thing that’s grown over the years? The student body. Usdan’s first season saw 1132 students throughout the summer.  This year, close 1,600 campers have come through our gates.  Learn more at www.usdan.org/50yearsofU.

 

 

 

Gearing Up: Merch Item of the Week

Check out our sweatshirt in the Usdan Shop! You can order this and more at the Usdan shop online or at the camp.

Up Next: Upcoming Events and Programming

Get ready for an exciting week ahead! The schedule is jam-packed with amazing Festival performances, many exciting theater productions, daily open studio presentations, the first of summer’s two Quidditch tournament days and, of course, the much-anticipated 50thAnniversary Gala on Thursday.

Monday, July 16

Festival Performance – Artist
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM
Voices of Broadway: Adam Kaplan & Laura Osnes with Mat Eisenstein

Tuesday, July 17

10:30 AM
Junior Quidditch Tournament

1:30 PM
Senior Quidditch Tournament

Festival Performance – Student
12:10 PM
Dance Ensemble Majors & Junior Majors and Minors
(Ballet Majors, Hip Hop Minors, Broadway Jazz Minors, Absolute Beginner Ballet Minors)
12:35 PM
Dance Ensemble Majors & Senior Minors
(Open Level Ballet Minors, Hip Hop Minors, Broadway Jazz Minors)

Wednesday, July 18

10:00 AM
Guitar Minors (Period 1)

10:30 AM
Senior Musical Theater Majors (T4) – “Chicago”

11:05 AM
Strum, Pluck & Pick Majors
Guitar Minors (Period 2)

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

1:15 PM
Guitar Minors (Period 3)

1:30 PM
Junior Musical Theater Majors (T4) – “Anyone Can Whistle”

2:15 PM
Guitar Minors (Period 4)

Thursday, July 19

10:30 AM
Junior Actor’s Craft & Audition Bootcamp Minors Showcase

Festival Performance – Artist
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM
The Chameleons

1:15 PM
Junior Band II Majors
Junior Orchestra II Majors

1:30 PM
Senior Actor’s Craft & Acting Like It Hurts Minors Showcase

2:15 PM
Junior Band I Majors
Junior Orchestra I Majors

5:30 PM
The 50thAnniversary Gala

Friday, July 20

10:05 AM
Junior Piano Minors (Period I)

10:15 AM
Junior West African Dance Minors
Junior Creative Movement Minors (Period I)
Junior Modern Dance Minors
Junior Dance Adventure Minors

10:30 AM
Junior Tap Dance Minors (Period I)
Senior Creative Writing Majors and Senior Photography Majors (A15B)
Senior Piano Majors
Senior Musical Theater Majors (T6) – “High School Musical”

11:05 AM
Junior Piano Minors (Period 2)

11:15 AM
Junior Creative Movement Minors (Period 2)

11:30 AM
Junior Tap Dance Minors (Period 2)

Festival Performance – Student
11:00 AM
Discovery Chorus & Music

Festival Performance – Artist in Residence & Student
12:10 PM
Junior Chorus Majors & Minors
12:35 PM
Senior Chorus Majors & Minors with Cantor Randall Schloss

Lunchtime  “We Salute U” – Lunch for 5-year campers

1:15 PM
Senior Piano Minors (Period 3)

1:30 PM
Senior Modern Dance Minors, Senior Contemporary Dance Minors (Period 3)
Junior Musical Theater Majors (T6) -“High School Musical”
Junior Creative Writing Majors
Junior Piano Majors

1:45 PM
Senior Tap Dance Minors (Period 3)

2:15 PM
Senior Piano Minors (Period 4)

2:30 PM
Junior Hip Hop Majors
Junior Dance Adventure Majors
Senior Contemporary Dance Minors (Period 4) Senior West African Dance Minors

2:45 PM
Senior Tap Dance Minors (Period 4)

Administration Corner

If you’d like to extend your session to include the final three weeks of camp, July 23 – August 10, please do so as soon as possible, as space is filling up.

A few things to know if you extend:

  • Your child’s classes may change. We cannot guarantee that extending students will be able to stay in the current classes, but we will work with you to ensure that the class schedule is one that will inspire your child.
  • Buses fill fast, there may be some changes to the bus schedules in the final three weeks. We are committed to finding the easiest transportation option for your child. Depending on availability, their bus route may change in the final three weeks.
  • The rate for extensions is $1,825, plus applicable premium class charges.

If you’d like to extend your child’s summer, please let us know as soon as possible in order for us to get you the best schedule for your child. If you have any questions, please call camp 631-643-7900 or email us at enrollment@usdan.org.

Join us for our 50th Anniversary Gala on July 19. Dinner tickets are going fast, so get yours now.

What Do U Think? Weekly Poll Question

Last week we asked you about the Festival and WOW! do your kids love the Festival so far. So do we. We want to know more. Does your child have a favorite spot on the Usdan campus? Tell us where it is at at tellus@usdan.org.

What’s New With U? – Week 2

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What’s New With U? – Week Two

It’s Week Two, and the Usdan magic is in full swing, Studios are filling with art and music is wafting through the woods. Shows are getting staged and dances are being created. The chickens have returned and the garden is growing. And, the pool is brimming with students looking to beat the heat. We took a break mid-week to celebrate July 4th, but the bookending camp days were chock-full of amazing performances from faculty and visiting acts including the all-female mariachi band Flor de Toloache and comedy troupe Parallel Exit.

Here are some sights and sounds from campus this week.

Here’s Looking at U

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#50YearsOf U: A Peek Into the Archives

The Usdan campus combines welcome and wonder. Over Usdan’s five-decade history, three celebrated architectural firms have shaped the campus. One of the teams—Conklin & Rossant— was tapped to create the 50 music, dance, theater and art studios that were part of the initial $3-million dollar construction effort. According to a May 1968 New York Times story about the opening of Usdan, the buildings were “contemporary in style but fit well into the gentle hills” of the campus. The piece goes on to describe the structures we’ve come to know well – redwood panels arranged at oblique angles; large skylights and open sides “for an airy exchange of breeze and music.” And today, students have access to 70 studios and theaters, including the Andrew and Lily McKinley Amphitheater, the Samuel and Lucille Lemberg Drama Center, the Jerrold Ross Discovery Center, and the Maurice B. Hexter Center – all distinctive spaces that are an integral part of Usdan’s unique aesthetic and experience.

Gearing Up: Merch Item of the Week

Check out our sport water bottles – new to the Usdan Store! You can order this and more at the Usdan shop online or at the camp.

Up Next: Upcoming Events and Programming

We’re looking at an exciting third week at camp as the summer continues to heat up and classes get in full gear. The two-week campers join in on the fun as we welcome some Voices of Broadway to the Amphitheater’s Dale Lewis Stage. You’re always welcome to join us for a performance and backstage lunch. To arrange to attend, contact us at RSVP@usdan.org. Full performance calendar below:

Monday, July 9

Festival Performance – Student
Faculty Curated Performance
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM

Tuesday, July 10

Festival Performance – Artist
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM
Voices of Broadway: Danyel Fulton & Douglas Lyons  with Ted Arthur

Wednesday, July 11

Festival Performance – Student
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM
Senior Orchestra IV Majors

Thursday, July 12

Senior Choreographic Institute Majors
10:30 AM

Festival Performance – Student
Faculty Curated Performance
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM

Friday, July 13

Festival Performance – Artist
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM
Sol y Sombra

 

Administration Corner

We ask you to please be outside your home or at your central pick up location at the scheduled morning pick up time.  Please be aware that our buses will not wait more than 2 minutes past the scheduled pick up time, and they are not permitted to honk or ring the doorbell.  We rely on all of our students to help ensure the buses operate on time.

One of Usdan’s greatest assets is our woodland campus. We love being in nature every day, but we don’t want nature to come home with your kids. Don’t forget to do tick checks regularly. For more information about how to check for ticks, you can reach out to our health office at healthoffice@usdan.org.

Join us for our 50th Anniversary Gala on July 19. Dinner tickets are going fast, so get yours now.

What Do U Think? Weekly Poll Question

Last week we asked about your children’s favorite moments at camp so far and, overwhelmingly, you told us they loved reuniting with old friends and making new ones.  This week we want to know about how they’re feeling out our Festival Performance.  The daily Amphitheater events have been getting standing ovations this year. What have your heard about your kid’s favorites so far? Let us know at tellus@usdan.org.