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Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts
Wheatley Heights, NY

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631-643-7900 212-772-6060
185 Colonial Springs Road
Wheatley Heights, NY 11798

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CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: A renowned Long Island summer arts day camp attended by children from New York City and throughout the Tri-State Area, with more than 40 programs in music, dance, theater, visual arts, creative writing, nature and ecology and chess. NEW FOR 2015: Lego Design, Yoga, Quidditch, Hip Hop, Aftercare (at no extra charge, for busy and working parents). Flexible 3, 4 and 7-week seasons.

Science, Technology, Academics, Video/Filmmaking/Photography, Dance, Theater, Musical Theater, Music/Band, Fine Arts/Crafts, Swimming, and more. Nature & Ecology, Organic Gardening & Simple Food, & Chess.

CAMP LOCATION: Usdan Center is situated on a pristine 200-acre woodland campus in Huntington, Long Island. Each day, 1,600 students, ages 6 -18, travel to Usdan on air-conditioned buses that depart from neighborhoods throughout the New York metropolitan area.

CAMP FACILITIES: The Center�s Long Island campus houses 70 studios and theaters, many of which have won international architectural awards. These include Usdan�s campus center, The McKinley Amphitheater, a 1,000-seat state- of- the-art theater that houses the Festival Concerts. Usdan Center is a beneficiary agency of UJA-Federation of New York.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts ( is the nation�s preeminent not-for- profit summer school of the arts. Now entering its 48th season, Usdan has introduced the arts to more than 60,000 young people, many of them on scholarship. No audition is needed for most courses, just an interest.

Usdan Center has been declared a �Best Of� camp by TimeOutNY/Kids, and by NY Metro Parents, and the Center has been profiled in feature articles in The New York Times and in Time Magazine. Usdan�s mission is to provide children with the arts as a lifetime companion. This mission is realized through the inspiration of a world-class faculty, and by the camaraderie of fellow students whose bond is their love of the arts.

The Center offers 40 programs of study, including Orchestra, Band, Chorus, Jazz Studies, Guitar, Chamber Music, and Piano in the Music Department; Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Tap Dance in the Dance Department; Musical Theater and Drama in the Theater Arts Department; Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Photography, Jewelry, Cartooning, Animation, and Fashion Design in the Art Department; Nature and Ecology, and Organic Gardening in the Nature Department; and additional programs in creative writing, and in chess.

A special feature of the season are the daily Festival Concerts, special educational performances by often world-famous artists, in the on-site McKinley Ampitheater.


CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: There are various financial aid programs. Visit Our Camp Website Link:

FAMILY CAMP SESSION(S): Once a season, there is "Usdan University," a one-day arts experience for adults. Many parents participate.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: There are frequent off-site events, including student art exhibits on Manhattan and Long Island.

OTHER CAMP INFO: Although Usdan is open to all, its unique stimulation has caused many students to go on to professional careers, and alumni include Natalie Portman, Mariah Carey, jazz star Jane Monheit, and members of major music and dance ensembles.

June 29th - August 14, 2015 Monday - Friday, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM.

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