What’s New With U? – Week Six

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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

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#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.

What’s New with U? – Week Five

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What’s New With U? – Week Five

Still buzzing from last week’s 50thAnniversary Gala, this week we powered on despite some power outages. We welcomed our 3-Week friends to the fold as we make our way to the final few weeks of camp. The engaging Akropolis Reed Quartet and The Blue Eyed Bettys bookended this week’s Festival performances, which also included a surprise performance by staffers/faculty and Orchestra IV who left us shaken, not stirred, with a 007 medley. On Thursday, Usdan’s Artist In Residence the International Contemporary Ensemble’s Levy Lorenzo (Percussion), Rebecca Heller (Bassoon); and David Byrd-Marrow (Horn) shared Lorenzo’s mesmerizing and of-the-moment composition —created in collaboration with students from Chess and Percussion— pairing movements on the game board with sounds from drums, cymbals, and other instruments. Our Choreographic Institute students debuted their compelling works in studio, while Painting & Drawing Minors (Period 1) installed their four-day exhibition in the Gallery and “The Addams Family” casts brought their creepiest and kookiest to the stage.

 

Check it all 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

From the first day of Usdan in 1968, the swimming pool area has been a favorite spot on campus (that initial cold water shock, not so much). In the first Directors Report, Andrew McKinley wrote about the outdoor swim area as asset for kids to round out their arts experience. That is still the case. Today, when asked about favorite spots in campus, the camp’s iconic pools are cited most often. Here are some stills from footage taken early on at Usdan’s pools – and an invitation to sign up to take a dip yourself at next week’s second annual FUNdraising Pool Party.

 

Gearing Up: Merch Item of the Week

Check out our vintage gym bag making a return 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 Six  — boy, has time flown.  There’s a lot in store this week including tons of in-studio and amphitheater performances and two off-site adventures: Matinee Idols’ trip to see Mean Girls on Broadway, and  the Solar Night Walk with Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun on Governor’s Island. Back on campus, we take “The Big Plunge” with Artist In Resident Pedro Lasch and welcome the weekend with annual own Pool Party on Saturday. Full schedule here:

Monday, July 30

11:00AM
Discovery Dance with Diana Crum (Patrick and Marissa’s group)

11:05AM
Senior Instrumental Majors (Period 2: Flute III; Oboe III; Clarinet III; Trumpet III; Low Brass III; Percussion III)

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

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

1:15PM
Senior Chamber Ensemble Minors

2:00PM
Discovery Dance with Diana Crum (Ilana and Brandon’s group)

2:15PM
Junior Instrumental Majors (Period 4: Flute II; Oboe II; Clarinet II; Saxophone II; Trumpet II; French Horn II; Low Brass II; Percussion II)

Tuesday, July 31

10:30AM
Senior Musical Theater Majors (T5) “Little Shop of Horrors”

Festival Performance – Artist
12:10 PM & 12:35 PM
Project Trio

1:30PM
Junior Musical Theater Majors (T5) “Little Shop of Horrors”

2:15PM
Junior & Senior Sewing and Fashion Design Majors

Wednesday, August 1

All Day
Junior & Senior Matinee Idols: “Mean Girls” Broadway Trip

11:15AM
Saxophone III & IV Majors Performance

11:00AM
Discovery Dance with Diana Crum (Megan and Laura’s group)

11:00AM
Junior Tap Minors & Junior Creative Movement Minors

Festival Performance – Student
12:10 PM
Dance Ensemble Majors & Junior Dance Majors and Minors (West African Minors, Modern Dance Minors, Dance Adventure Minors)

Festival Performance – Student
12:35 PM
Senior Dance Majors and Minors (Contemporary Dance Minors, Tap Minors, West African Minors, Modern Dance Minors)

1:15PM
Rock On! Minors (Period 3)

1:30PM
Junior Musical Theater Adventure Majors (T10) “Peter Pan”

2:00PM
Discovery Dance with Diana Crum (Melissa and Peter’s group)

2:15PM
Rock On! Minors (Period 4)

Thursday, August 2

10:30AM
Senior Musical Theater Majors (T1) – “1776”

Festival Performance – Artist in Residence
12:10PM and 12:35PM
“The Big Plunge” -Pedro Lasch with Nate Koch (Students Only)

1:30PM
Junior Musical Theater Adventure Majors (T1) – “1776

Friday, August  3

11:00AM
Discovery Dance with Diana Crum (Kennedy and Steven’s group & Kirsten and Lauren’s group)

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

Festival Performance – Student
12:35PM
Senior Advanced Jazz Ensemble Majors

2:00PM
Discovery Dance with Diana Crum (Madeline and Lisa’s group)

Sundown
Sustainable Design Minors: Solar Night Walk on Governors Island

Saturday, August  4

11:00AM-5:00PM
Pool Party

Administration Corner

During free swim, students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of their time at the pool. Some may choose to socialize with their friends out of the pool instead of swimming. While we push as hard as we can, we also see the value in having time to socialize. We aim to strike the right balance for each camper.

If you are concerned about your child swimming, we suggest having a discussion with them about your wishes.  Your child can always speak with Grainne (“G”) at the pools.  If you have questions about their level or rules at the pool, here is a link to the information about the department. You can also reach our Aquatics Director, Grainne Josaphat, at questions@usdan.org with any questions.

What Do U Think? Weekly Poll Question

Your kids love nature, but they really love Gabe the Tortoise and the chickens. We love them too. This week, we want to know about the new friends your kids have made at camp. Are they from different towns? Are they in different majors? Do they take the bus together? Tell us at tellus@usdan.org.

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


Click on photos to enlarge.

 

#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.