What’s New With U? – Week 2

What’s Inside

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.

What’s New With U?: Week 1

What’s Inside

What’s New With U? – Week One

Curtain up. Light the lights. Bang the gong. Welcome to Usdan’s 50thAnniversary season.

This week, buses rolled in and camp got underway. Old friendships were rekindled and new ones cultivated. The new “U” was unveiled (Ice cream!), and we were abuzz with creativity and community.  Our Music Department played us into the season as part of the Opening Ceremony, and we welcomed the summer’s first Festival performers to the stage. The Joelle Lurie Quartet scatted their way to our hearts and sparked a spontaneous dance party in the process. The Limón Dance Company floated from the McKinley Amphitheater to the dance studios for a talkback with students. The Mayhem Poets took us on a lyrical adventure, and Sole Defined electrified everyone with their high-energy performance.

Now check out some sights and sounds from campus this week.

Here’s Looking at U

 

#50YearsOf U: A Peek Into the Archives

The Usdan Festival has been a camp tradition since we opened our gates in 1968. The first season included an amazing group of talent, including the then 11-year-old cellist Yo-Yo Ma; the American Brass Quintet; violinist Mark Kaplan; jazz musician Billy Taylor; dancer Jacques D’Amboise; as well as noted pianists Eugene List and William Masselos. Over the last 50 years, many other well-known and emerging artists have graced the stage on campus including singer Jane Monheit; the Tokyo String Quartet; Puppet Kitchen; musician Lisa Bielawa; Pilobolus; the Martha Graham Dance Company; and jazz legend Jimmy Heath as well as countless cast members from Broadway shows including Shrek, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Wicked, Mamma Mia!, Anything Goes, and more.

Gearing Up: Merch Item of the Week

Check out this new Rainbow U hat – 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

It’s National Ice Cream Month!  Get set for fireworks during our second week as more exciting talent takes the Festival stage including Mariachi Flor De Toloache, an all-woman mariachi band. We’ll get a break in the middle of the week for July 4th festivities. Comedy troupe Parallel Exit rounds out the week. Full performance calendar below:

Monday, July 2
Festival Performance – Artist
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM
Mariachi Flor de Toloache

Tuesday, July 3
Festival Performance – Faculty
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM

Wednesday, July 4
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
Camp closed

Thursday, July 5
Festival Performance – Student
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM

Friday, July 6
Festival Performance – Artist
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM
Parallel Exit

Administration Corner

Don’t forget  – All students must be signed in if they do not take the bus in the morning, and signed out if they are taken home by a parent.  Please visit the  Administration Building with valid ID to sign in or out.  Please bring your parent pass with you.  If you are coming to camp without a parent pass, please call ahead to be put on the security list. If you need your child brought to the office before the 3:05 dismissal, please email us at questions@usdan.org or call 631-643-7900.  We require an hour notice if you need your child retrieved from a class.

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

What was your child’s favorite moment from Week One? Let us know at tellus@usdan.org.