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Our chess summer camp

Designed to meet the individual needs of each student, our chess program offers classes for beginning to advanced players.

Usdan’s chess summer camp program follows the principles of the National Scholastic Chess Foundation and is uniquely designed to meet the needs of each student, whether they are new to chess or are experienced competitors. The Usdan Chess Ladder groups students in varying levels, from absolute novices to advanced tournament players. New players learn rules, notation, and the opening, middle, and end games. Advanced players develop a vast repertoire of complex strategies and the ability to apply them shrewdly in-game. All of our chess players benefit from improved problem solving, critical thinking, and concentration.  Students hone their skills through game-play and tutoring in competitive chess tournaments and exciting team competitions. Individual and group lessons are conducted by highly-ranked tournament players with decades of experience.  A major highlight of our chess summer camp is that celebrated chess masters come to Usdan to serve as guest teachers and share their expertise with our young players.

For more detailed information, please visit our Classes page.

 

2017 Faculty

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Brian Karen

Chess Assistant

Simon Popkin

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Joel Salman

Chess Assistant

Robert Spahn

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Art

Campers love Usdan’s summer art programs because our diverse class offerings allow for both deep engagement and exploration.   Students learn from working artists specializing in their field of focus, from classic disciplines such as painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture to new-media fields like video-game design and photography and video for social media.  

Seventy open-air studios dot the forested campus and create a sense of flow and community among artists.  Each studio is tailored to its medium with materials, equipment and software. Studios feature large skylights, as well as courtyards that take advantage of natural light and the inspiration of nature, which is a distinguishing feature of Usdan’s summer art programs. Throughout the summer, campers can visit the campus art gallery which mounts student, faculty, and visiting-artist exhibitions.

Below are 2017 classes. 2018 classes will be announced in November.

2017 MAJORS

Animation; Architecture Design; Art Adventure;  Ceramics; Comic Art; Designing with Minecraft; Experimental Animation and Cartooning; Filmmaking; Metalsmithing; Open Studio for 2D Art; Open Studio for 3D Art; Painting & Drawing; Photography; Sculpture; Sewing & Fashion Design; Video Game Art & Design

2017 MINORS

Comic Art; Lego Design; Life Drawing; Mobile Photo and Video; Painting & Drawing; Photo and Video for Social Media; Photography; 

For more detailed information, please visit our Classes page.

For detailed class descriptions, please visit our Classes page.

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Chess

Usdan’s chess summer camp program follows the principles of the National Scholastic Chess Foundation and is uniquely designed to meet the needs of each student, whether they are new to chess or are experienced competitors. The Usdan Chess Ladder groups students in varying levels, from absolute novices to advanced tournament players. New players learn rules, notation, and the opening, middle, and end games. Advanced players develop a vast repertoire of complex strategies and the ability to apply them shrewdly in-game. All of our chess players benefit from improved problem solving, critical thinking, and concentration.  Students hone their skills through game-play and tutoring in competitive chess tournaments and exciting team competitions. Individual and group lessons are conducted by highly-ranked tournament players with decades of experience.  A major highlight of our chess summer camp is that celebrated chess masters come to Usdan to serve as guest teachers and share their expertise with our young players.

For more detailed information, please visit our Classes page.

 

For detailed class descriptions, please visit our Classes page.

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Creative Writing

Creative Writing at Usdan takes full advantage of New York City’s pool of exceptional writers to lead our summer creative writing programs. Our faculty is comprised of accomplished authors who are also experienced in nurturing students in the discipline and art of writing.

Whether their preferred form is poetry, plays, short stories, novels, or non-fiction, our young storytellers get to practice their writing in small, collaborative groups. Working in peaceful, open air writing studios, our writers build imaginative narratives and find their creative voices, while experimenting with the core elements of storytelling like style, structure, setting, point of view, conflict and resolution.  One vital element of our teaching involves encouraging our students to experience empathy, both as an ingredient and a result of their writing practice.  Finally, all writing students gain invaluable editorial experience by shaping and contributing their works to a new installment of Usdan’s literary magazine, Painting with Words.

For more detailed information, please visit our Classes page.

 

For detailed class descriptions, please visit our Classes page.

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Dance

In our summer dance program, our dancers study technique, classic repertory, and original choreography with nationally renowned dancers and choreographers. We offer classes across a wide range of styles and traditions, including contemporary dance, ballet, jazz, hip hop, funk and tap. In addition to Usdan’s professional dance faculty, our program partners with three dance companies: the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, and Pilobolus.

Instruction at our dance camp is rigorous, caring and fun.  Our studios are spacious and mirrored, with soft floors and generous skylights that give an open-air effect. Each class culminates in a freshly choreographed dance performance for the entire community, including friends and family, in the dance department studios or on Usdan’s main stage.

For more detailed information, please visit our Classes page.

Below are 2017 classes. 2018 classes will be announced in November.

2017 MAJORS

Ballet; Dance Adventure; Hip Hop; Introduction to Dance;
Usdan Dance Ensemble: Ballet, Ailey and Graham Techniques (four-period, full-day)

2017 MINORS

Ballet; Contemporary Dance; Dance Adventure; Dance Lab; Hip Hop; Jazz; Pilobolus: Moving and Making; Tap

 

For detailed class descriptions, please visit our Classes page.

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Music

Faculty members teach with love and aim for the highest standards. Ensembles, practices, and classes take place in the camp’s studios, sized for each group and specialty. Performing in the amphitheater and in their studios, ensembles present their summer’s work to family, friends, and the Usdan community.

Below are 2017 classes. 2018 classes will be announced in November.

2017 MAJORS

Classical Guitar; Classical Piano; Concert Band; Jazz Ensemble; Junior Chorus; Orchestra; Senior Chorus

2017 MINORS

Band; Chamber Ensemble; Folk Guitar; Jazz Ensemble; Junior Chorus; Orchestra; Senior Chorus

 

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Nature

In our hands-on nature program, students study the art of planting, growing and cultivating food by caring for Usdan’s own fruit and vegetable gardens, and learn to prepare simple dishes from the produce they grow.  Exploring the flora and fauna in Usdan’s idyllic woodland forest allows students to understand the delicate relationships at the heart of Long Island’s vibrant local ecosystem.  In an innovative course on sustainable art, students are challenged to combine art, science and empathy to identify creative and sustainable solutions to pressing environmental problems. Students also care for the Nature Department's pet snakes, lizards, and tortoise.

For more detailed information, please visit our Classes page.

Below are 2017 classes. 2018 classes will be announced in November.

2017 Majors

Nature, Ecology & Design; Organic Gardening & Simple Food; Sustainable Art: Little Changes with Little Sun

2017 Minors

Nature, Ecology & Design; Organic Gardening & Simple Food; Sustainable Art: Little Changes with Little Sun

 

For detailed class descriptions, please visit our Classes page.

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Discovery

Usdan’s Discovery Program introduces students to the arts in several disciplines and media. Play and exploration are at the heart of Discovery, where children enjoy music, art, dance and swim multiple times a week. Additional activities draw from Usdan's diverse offerings, such as theater, nature, archery, chess and photography.  Discovery campers attend select assemblies performed by professional and student artists. Throughout the week, they are also given opportunities to choose activities based on their own interests. With the Discovery Center as a base, campers have their own small group and college-age counselor to guide them throughout their adventurous day.

 

For detailed class descriptions, please visit our Classes page.

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Recreational Arts

A recreational activity is assigned to one period daily and is an opportunity for you to enjoy and experience a recreation or chance to move.

Below are 2017 classes. 2018 classes will be announced in November.

2017 RECREATIONAL ACTIVITies

Archery; Contemporary Dance;  Dance Adventure; Dance Lab; Games, Hoops, and Nets; Instructional Swim; Jazz Dance; Pilobolus: Moving and Making; Quidditch; Tap Dance; Tennis; Yoga

 

For detailed class descriptions, please visit our Classes page.

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Theater

Classes take place in Usdan’s extraordinary Lemberg Drama Center, which includes an air-conditioned indoor theater, two outdoor theaters, rehearsal studios, and costume, prop, and set shops. Students have several opportunities to experience the full cycle of staging and performing a play or musical.

Below are 2017 classes. 2018 classes will be announced in November.

2017 MAJORS

Drama Lab; Introduction to Musical Theater; Musical Theater; Stagecraft 101; Theater Adventure; The Usdan Troupe

2017 MINORS

Actor’s Craft; Audition Boot Camp

 

For detailed class descriptions, please visit our Classes page.

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