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Below is a list of all the classes available at Usdan. Use the filters to customize the list based on your child's age and interests. Usdan is divided into 7 departments: Art, Music, Dance, Theater, Chess, Writing, and Nature. Each child takes three classes. The Major class is 2 periods, the Minor class is one period, and the Recreational Activity is one period.

7 week session: June 26, 2017 - August 11, 2017, weekdays (closed Tuesday, July 4)
4 week session: June 26, 2017 - July 21, 2017, weekdays (closed Tuesday, July 4)
2 week courses to be announced on December 15, 2016

Actor's Craft

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Minor classes.

Animation

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Major classes.

Archery

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Minor and Recreational Activity classes.

Architecture

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Major classes.

Art Adventure

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Major classes.

Audition Boot Camp

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Minor classes.

Ballet

Available for 7-week sessions.
Major classes.

Building With Minecraft

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Major classes.

Ceramics

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Major classes.

Chamber Music

Available for 7-week sessions.
Minor classes.

Chess

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Major and Minor classes.

Classical Guitar

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Major classes.

Comic Art

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Major and Minor classes.

Concert Band

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Major classes.

Contemporary Dance

Available for 7-week sessions.
Minor and Recreational Activity classes.

Creative Writing

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Major and Minor classes.

Dance Adventure

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Minor and Recreational Activity classes.

Dance Lab

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Minor and Recreational Activity classes.

Discovery

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Major classes.

Drama Lab

Available for 7-week sessions.
Major classes.

Experimental Animation & Cartooning

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Major classes.

Filmmaking

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Major classes.

Folk Guitar

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Minor classes.

Games, Hoops, and Nets

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Minor and Recreational Activity classes.

Group Tennis

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Minor and Recreational Activity classes.

Hip Hop

Available for 7-week sessions.
Major and Minor and Recreational Activity classes.

Introduction to Dance

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Major classes.

Jazz Dance

Available for 7-week sessions.
Minor and Recreational Activity classes.

Jazz Ensemble

Available for 7-week sessions.
Major and Minor classes.

Junior Chorus

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Major and Minor classes.

Junior Instructional Swim

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Minor and Recreational Activity classes.

Lego Design

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Minor classes.

Life Drawing

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Minor classes.

Metalsmithing

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Major classes.

Mobile Photography & Video

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Minor classes.

Mobile Photography & Video for Social Media

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Minor classes.

Musical Theater

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Major classes.

Nature, Ecology & Design

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Major and Minor classes.

Open Studio for 2D Art

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Major classes.

Open Studio for 3D Art

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Major classes.

Orchestra

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Major classes.

Organic Gardening & Simple Food

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Major and Minor classes.

Painting & Drawing

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Major and Minor classes.

Photography

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Major and Minor classes.

Piano

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Major classes.

Pilobolus: Moving & Making

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Minor and Recreational Activity classes.

Quidditch

Available for 7-week sessions.
Minor and Recreational Activity classes.

Recreational Swim

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Recreational Activity classes.

Sculpture

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Major classes.

Senior Chorus

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Major and Minor classes.

Senior Instructional Swim

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Minor and Recreational Activity classes.

Sewing & Fashion Design

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Major classes.

Stagecraft 101

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Major classes.

Sustainable Art: Little Changes with Little Sun

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Major and Minor classes.

Tap Dance

Available for 7-week sessions.
Minor and Recreational Activity classes.

The Usdan Troupe

Available for 7-week sessions.
Major classes.

Theater Adventure

Available for 7-week sessions.
Major classes.

Usdan Dance Ensemble

Available for 7-week sessions.
Major classes.

Video Game Art & Design

Available for 7-week sessions.
Major classes.

Yoga

Available for 4-week, 7-week sessions.
Minor and Recreational Activity classes.

Actor's Craft

7 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 4 to 12
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 4 to 12
REC - N/A

A supplemental minor for theater majors and other aspiring students. Actor's Craft provides insight to the theory and practice of acting. Physical exercises, theater games, and scene/speech study workshops build skills and help budding actors improve both their performance ability and understanding of theatrical texts.

Animation

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 6 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - Grades 6 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

Animation students combine skilled artistic work with the fundamentals of 2D animation to create their own animated stories. Students are introduced to both hand-drawn and computer-generated imagery to conceptualize characters, plot, and plenty of hijinks.

Archery

7 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 2 to 12
REC - Grades 2 to 12

4 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 2 to 12
REC - Grades 2 to 12

Archery can help develop students' concentration and confidence through careful focus and technique in a safe environment. Pull your bow tight and let it fly.

Architecture

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 6 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - Grades 6 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

Architecture students explore building design and architecture as both an art form and vehicle of cultural symbolism. You will learn the principles of architectural design using the same CAD drawing and model-making techniques as professionals.

Art Adventure

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 2 to 4
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - Grades 2 to 4
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

Art Adventure is an exploratory experience for young artists who may not yet know their favorite medium or technique, or for those who want to try something new. Students investigate the full spectrum of Usdan's art offerings, including drawing, painting, and sculpture for a comprehensive and immersive summer arts education.

Audition Boot Camp

7 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 4 to 12
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 4 to 12
REC - N/A

So you want the role, but you're not sure how to get it? Plus… those nerves! This is the course for all aspiring actors who want to land that perfect character. Audition Bootcamp helps students choose audition materials, prepare for the audition challenge, work on cold readings, and even chase those butterflies away. This class is for Theater majors only.

Ballet

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 2 to 6
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

Study of classical technique including barre and center exercises, across the floor combinations, and performance of original choreography or classic repertory. Beginning and Intermediate levels. 

Building With Minecraft

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 4 to 6
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - Grades 4 to 6
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

Students use the popular video game Minecraft, as well as art materials, to create their own worlds, problem solve, and collaborate both on- and off-screen. Individual and group projects will challenge students to hone their creative, academic, and social skills. New and experienced players welcome. Additional fee of $500 for 7-week, $300 for 4-week.

Ceramics

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 2 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - Grades 2 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

Ceramics students of all ages dig in as they learn to hand-build and throw on a potter’s wheel. Students study ceramic design, sculpture, and glaze technology to explore and create traditional and experimental pottery, stoneware, and earthenware.

Chamber Music

7 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 7 to 12
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

Often described as "the music of friends," chamber music is a classical genre of music written for small ensembles of two to ten musicians. Chamber music students are coached by Usdan's renowned faculty in several chamber groups over the course of the summer.

Chess

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 2 to 12
MINOR - Grades 2 to 12
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - Grades 2 to 12
MINOR - Grades 2 to 12
REC - N/A

Usdan offers a unique, individualized program for young chess players. From competitive chess tournaments to exciting team competitions, students hone their experience through game play and tutoring. The Usdan Chess Ladder groups students in varying levels, from absolute novices to advanced tournament players. Individual and group lessons are conducted by highly-ranked tournament players with decades of experience at many of New York's best schools.

Classical Guitar

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 4 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - Grades 4 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

The classical guitar major develops students' technique and perspective on the guitar through individual and ensemble practice and performance. Students must have at least one year of prior instruction.

Comic Art

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 5 to 12
MINOR - Grades 4 to 12
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - Grades 5 to 12
MINOR - Grades 4 to 12
REC - N/A

Graphic novels and comics, and the mythology behind them, are heavily ingrained in pop culture. Comic art students are introduced to classic cartooning techniques and characters, including thumbnail sketches and breakdowns, penciling, inking, and page layout. Students develop and design their own characters and stories from conception to finished product.

Concert Band

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 3 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - Grades 3 to 6
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

Four concert bands offer exceptional collaboration and performance opportunities for budding musicians of every age and ability. Concert band students participate in one hour of full band rehearsal in addition to another hour of sectional study each day. Students must have at least one year of prior instruction and be able to read music. Students may have the opportunity to perform in Usdan's famous McKinley Amphitheater. 6th graders interested in senior division must audition.

Contemporary Dance

7 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 4 to 12
REC - Grades 4 to 12

4 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

Contemporary dance combines elements of modern, ballet, and jazz techniques. Inspired by Lyrical dance traditions, the course focuses on current principles and trends in movement, music, and performance. Beginning and Intermediate levels for grades 4-6, Intermediate level for grades 6-12 only. Minimum one year of dance training required.

Creative Writing

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 4 to 12
MINOR - Grades 3 to 12
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - Grades 4 to 12
MINOR - Grades 3 to 12
REC - N/A

An open environment for young storytellers to write poetry, short fiction, and playwriting in small collaborative groups. Students build imaginative narratives and find their creative voice, while developing concrete elements of storytelling like structure, point of view, and conflict and resolution. The summer culminates with the publication of every student's work in Usdan's student-authored literary magazine, Painting With Words.

Dance Adventure

7 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 2 to 3
REC - Grades 2 to 3

4 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 2 to 3
REC - Grades 2 to 3

An exploratory dance experience for beginners. Students are introduced to a variety of forms, including jazz, modern, ballet, and contemporary dance. No previous dance experience necessary.

Dance Lab

7 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 4 to 6
REC - Grades 4 to 6

4 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 4 to 6
REC - Grades 4 to 6

Dance Lab is an innovative movement class where students engage in daily explorations to create their own dance pieces. The class utilizes historical and cultural practices of world-renowned artists through music, video, props, poetry, and students' own stories. Emphasis will be placed on building a supportive space for students to broaden their creative and artistic skills through the art of dance. Students will present their pieces in a showcase at the end of camp. No previous dance experience necessary.

Discovery

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades pre-K to 1
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - Grades pre-K to 1
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

The Discovery program provides an exciting exploration of the arts for students currently in Pre-K, Kindergarten, or first grade. Surrounded by Usdan's forested campus, and with the Discovery Center as a base, children are placed in small groups with a college-age counselor to guide them throughout their adventurous day. Children have music, art, dance and swim multiple days a week. Additional weekly activities draw from Usdan's diverse arts offerings, such as theater, nature, archery, chess, and photography, as well as opportunities for other choices throughout the week.

Drama Lab

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 6 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

Calling all actors! Drama Lab is where the science of being an actor comes to life. Students live through the audition process, rehearsals, and staging. The summer experience culminates with the live performance of their play. Under consideration for summer 2017 are The Crucible, The Miracle Worker, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Our Town.

Experimental Animation & Cartooning

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 4 to 6
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - Grades 4 to 6
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

Students learn the basics of animation and cartooning by experimenting with multiple mediums. Cut paper, found objects, clay, and various drawing media will be used to create characters, comics, hand-drawn animation, stop motion, and more. Students work on both individual and collaborative projects.

Filmmaking

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 5 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - Grades 5 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

An incredible video production course using state-of-the-art studios, recording, and editing equipment. Filmmaking students create short videos and news features with a collaborative team of students writers, actors, directors, camera operators, and editors, just like a real film crew. Additional fee of $500 for 7-week, $300 for 4-week.

Folk Guitar

7 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 4 to 12
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 4 to 12
REC - N/A

Folk Guitar combines classical and modern technique with expressive storytelling. Young guitarists develop solo and ensemble repertoire through one hour of daily practice in either beginner or intermediate instruction.

Games, Hoops, and Nets

7 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 2 to 12
REC - Grades 2 to 12

4 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 2 to 12
REC - Grades 2 to 12

Active, refreshing, and fun game play. Students participate in light recreation sports like basketball, volleyball, Gaga, ping-pong, badminton, and even board games.

Group Tennis

7 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 2 to 12
REC - Grades 2 to 12

4 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 2 to 12
REC - Grades 2 to 12

Tennis students are placed in non-competitive beginner or intermediate groups according to age to learn proper form and to develop an understanding of the game. Courses are taught by trained instructors on courts overlooking campus. Additional $500.

Hip Hop

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 4 to 6
MINOR - Grades 6 to 12
REC - Grades 6 to 12

4 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

Combines traditional hip-hop, funk, and jazz dance. Classes are fast-paced and high energy. Intermediate level. Minimum 1 year of dance experience.

Introduction to Dance

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 4 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - Grades 4 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

An introduction to the language of classic and contemporary dance forms. Students will learn basic positions, steps, and styles drawn from Jazz, Lyrical, Theater Dance, and Modern Dance. No previous dance experience necessary.

Jazz Dance

7 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 4 to 6
REC - Grades 4 to 6

4 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

Students learn contemporary dance forms drawn from Broadway and classic jazz traditions. Minimum one year of dance training. 

Jazz Ensemble

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 6 to 12
MINOR - Grades 7 to 12
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

Whether you be-bop, swing, or samba, the Usdan jazz ensemble is the place where young jazz musicians come to learn, play, and perform together. The intermediate ensemble hosts students in grades 6 to 8 who have at least one year of prior instruction (6th grade juniors will attend an additional sectional lesson instead of choosing a minor. 6th grade seniors will need to audition and if accepted, will choose a minor). The advanced ensemble is a three-period program, featuring classes in jazz ensemble, improvisation, and concert band, for students in grades 9 to 12. Audition required for the advanced ensemble.

Junior Chorus

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 2 to 6
MINOR - Grades 2 to 6
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - Grades 2 to 6
MINOR - Grades 2 to 6
REC - N/A

Young singers find their voice with the junior chorus, a popular major for students just beginning to find their passion for music. 

Junior Instructional Swim

7 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 2 to 6
REC - Grades 2 to 6

4 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 2 to 6
REC - Grades 2 to 6

Juniors receive instructional swim Monday through Thursday. Instruction is based on American Red Cross standards, which can be found on our website. We do our best to group students according to swim ability and age. In addition to the lessons, there will be a supervised free swim on Fridays. Swim assessment required.

Lego Design

7 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 2 to 6
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 2 to 6
REC - N/A

Lego Design encourages students to use Legos in inventive and creative ways. The minor challenges students to use standard Lego blocks to create unique and extraordinary pieces of art and design, from buildings to characters to musical instruments.

Life Drawing

7 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 6 to 12
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 6 to 12
REC - N/A

An in-depth exploration of the human form for advanced artists. Students learn about proportion, volume, shading, and expressivity using a variety of drawing materials with an in-person, clothed model.

Metalsmithing

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 4 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - Grades 4 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

Students learn to design and create art from metal with basic metalsmithing skills and techniques. Metalsmithing majors create their own unique sculptures, jewelry, cutlery, mobiles, and more using hammering, raisting, chasing, soldering, acid etching, bezel stone setting, and bead stringing.

Mobile Photography & Video

7 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 4 to 6
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 4 to 6
REC - N/A

Mobile Photography & Video students learn to unleash the power of their mobile device's camera. The class explores the unique skills, challenges, and assets of using a mobile camera in conjunction with the principles of traditional photography. Students learn the major principles of composition and lighting, and how to perfectly capture the moment.

Mobile Photography & Video for Social Media

7 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 6 to 12
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 6 to 12
REC - N/A

More than upping your selfie game, this class explores social media as a medium for creativity and storytelling. You will explore the new forms of imagery at your fingertips by combining the technology of your mobile device with 200-year-old concepts of photography and film. The limits, burdens, and freedoms of social media on artists – as well as the risks inherent to social media – will be investigated. Select student content will be used on Usdan's own social media platforms and the class instagram account @mobileusdan.

Musical Theater

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 4 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - Grades 4 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

An amazing opportunity to study musical theater through the entire cycle of a production, including audition, rehearsal, blocking, staging, choreography, ensemble-work, and performance. Students learn to accept casting decisions made based upon their own auditions, discover the joys of collaboration, and develop responsibility as they work together to put on the show. Additional fee of $500 for the 7-week session and $300 for the 4-week session.

Nature, Ecology & Design

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 2 to 6
MINOR - Grades 2 to 6
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - Grades 2 to 6
MINOR - Grades 2 to 6
REC - N/A

Usdan's amazing woodland setting is an ideal habitat to study Long Island's vibrant ecosystems and appreciate the natural world. Students get messy learning how flora and fauna function through projects like gardening and forest exploration, and are challenged to identify creative and sustainable environmental solutions. Students also care for the Nature Department's summer pet snakes, lizards, and tortoises.

Open Studio for 2D Art

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 6 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - Grades 6 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

A free, open, and exciting opportunity to learn about, explore, and make 2D art – however you choose. Artist educators guide and mentor, but the projects, processes, and ideas are entirely your own. Students work independently within a supportive community of peers and can focus on one two-dimensional medium or try a new one every day. Options include drawing, painting, collage, and printmaking.

Open Studio for 3D Art

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 6 Senior to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - Grades 6 Senior to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

A free, open, and exciting opportunity to learn about, explore and make 3D art. Guided by an artist educator, students work independently and focus on one three-dimensional medium all summer long or try a new one every day. Options include paper mache, stone, fabric, and various kinds of clay.

Orchestra

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 3 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - Grades 3 to 6
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

Young musicians discover the vibrato of violins, violas, celli, and double basses that form the core of Usdan's four incredible orchestras. Each day, orchestra students come together for one hour of full orchestra practice and one hour in sectional instruction. Usdan's orchestras perform major symphonic works and collaborate with other Usdan ensembles. Students must have at least one year of prior instruction with note reading. 6th graders interested in senior division must audition.

Organic Gardening & Simple Food

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 4 to 12
MINOR - Grades 4 to 12
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - Grades 4 to 12
MINOR - Grades 4 to 12
REC - N/A

Usdan's organic gardening program gives students hands-on insight to the origin of their food. Young gardeners study the art of planning, growing, and cultivating food. Students care for and harvest Usdan's very own fruit and vegetable gardens, and learn to prepare simple dishes with the produce they grow.

Painting & Drawing

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 2 to 12
MINOR - Grades 2 to 12
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - Grades 2 to 12
MINOR - Grades 2 to 12
REC - N/A

Acrylic, watercolor, ink, graphite and more. Painting and drawing students study and practice together in inviting open air studios. They pursue and develop their skills creating still-lifes, landscapes, portraits, life drawings, abstract works, or any subject their creativity leads them toward.

Photography

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 4 to 12
MINOR - Grades 4 to 12
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - Grades 4 to 12
MINOR - Grades 4 to 12
REC - N/A

Usdan's Photography program focuses on the principles of composition and lighting, while using Mac computers for imaging, photo enhancement, printing, and digital presentation. Photography students use Usdan's beautiful, wooded forest, their fellow students, and all of the art created across campus as subject matter. Students must supply their own digital camera. 7 week major class is an additional $500, and the 4 week major class is an additional $300. 

Piano

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 2 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - Grades 2 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

A unique program for experienced young pianists to develop solo and ensemble repertoire. Students must have at least one year of prior instruction and be able to read sheet music. An audition is required to determine acceptance into the program and placement into one of three levels in each division. Piano studios are equipped with professional-model Yamaha pianos.

An audition is required to first determine acceptance into the program.

Pilobolus: Moving & Making

7 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 2 to 12
REC - Grades 2 to 12

4 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 2 to 12
REC - Grades 2 to 12

Pilobolus Teaching Artists help students discover their own unique artistic voice and collaboratively work together to create original material. Open to dancers and non-dancers alike, this master class welcomes everyone to experience Pilobolus' creative process. The class is playful, group-driven, physically-challenging, and fun. Activities include partnering, collaborative choreography, and peer-to-peer feedback. No previous dance experience necessary.

Quidditch

7 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 2 to 12
REC - Grades 2 to 12

4 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

This high-energy team sport has been adapted from the fictional world of Harry Potter to become popular among children and adults alike. Described as a mix between tag, rugby, and dodgeball, Quidditch involves a lot of running, throwing, and catching. Once familiar with the basic rules, Quidditch is an exciting sport to watch and even more exciting to play.

Recreational Swim

7 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 6 to 12
REC - Grades 6 to 12

4 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 6 to 12
REC - Grades 6 to 12

Seniors have the use of Usdan's pools for one daily period of free recreational swim in a supervised and safe environment. Swim assessment required.

Sculpture

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 2 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - Grades 2 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

Usdan’s young sculptors dive into three-dimensional forms in wood, stone, clay, plaster, wire, metal, and more. Sculpture students find inspiration all around by experimenting with new materials and imagery, both abstract and realist. There will also be unique opportunities to produce large scale installations and sculptures.

Senior Chorus

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 6 to 12
MINOR - Grades 6 to 12
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - Grades 6 to 12
MINOR - Grades 6 to 12
REC - N/A

Develop your voice and technique in the incomparable senior chorus. Senior chorus students devote two hours every day to major choral arrangements and work together to create beautiful music. Students sing as a full chorus and within small ensembles, performing for the camp throughout the summer.

Senior Instructional Swim

7 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 6 to 12
REC - Grades 6 to 12

4 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 6 to 12
REC - Grades 6 to 12

Seniors receive instructional swim Monday through Thursday. Instruction is based on American Red Cross standards, which can be found on our website. Fridays will be free recreational swim for all groups in a supervised and safe environment. Swim assessment required.

Sewing & Fashion Design

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 4 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - Grades 4 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

Usdan's Sewing & Fashion Design major offers an unprecedented opportunity to create personal style and wearable art from concept to construction. The beginner course introduces students to sewing machine operation and patterns, and is a prerequisite for Level II, which offers advanced techniques and free design. Students who have at least 50 hours of sewing machine experience are also eligible for the Level II class.

Stagecraft 101

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 6 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - Grades 6 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

In the Shop is where it all begins! Theater techs learn to bring light, sound, and plays to life. Students add to their backstage experience via unprecedented, close-up collaboration with theater professionals from Usdan's renowned Theater Scene and Design Shop. Enrollment is limited.

Sustainable Art: Little Changes with Little Sun

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 4 to 8
MINOR - Grades 4 to 8
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - Grades 4 to 8
MINOR - Grades 4 to 8
REC - N/A

In 2012, artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen started the Little Sun Project, a solar lamp and charger, to bring sustainable energy and the power of the sun to everyone. With the Little Sun as its foundation, this course studies environmental issues through art by using unconventional materials and experiences. Activities include creating solar lamps, nature walks, sketchbook practice, and a special overnight at Usdan to experience what it's like to live with limited light. This class is open to thinkers from all disciplines!

Tap Dance

7 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 2 to 12
REC - Grades 2 to 12

4 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

In tap, the focus is placed on rhythm, coordination, and musicality. Open to students at both beginning and Intermediate levels.

The Usdan Troupe

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 9 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

The Usdan Troupe (formerly Usdan's Repertory Theater) offers a unique opportunity to participate in the entire process of producing theater, from audition to performance. Former company members describe it as "summer stock theater for teens." The Troupe presents one fully staged musical production every year. Recent productions include Grand Hotel, Sunday in the Park with George, Carousel, and Cabaret! The Troupe requires an audition and is a full three-period program. Additional fee of $500. 

An audition is required to first determine acceptance into the program.

Theater Adventure

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 2 to 3
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

An incredible, eye-opening, exploratory theatrical experience that introduces young students to basic acting, singing, and dancing, and results in a staged production at the end of summer.

Usdan Dance Ensemble

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 4 to 10
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

The Usdan Girls Dance Ensemble provides an immersive, all-day exploration and study in classical and contemporary dance styles. In a nurturing all-girls classroom setting, the focus is placed on coordination, musicality, artistry, physical fitness, and teamwork. Ensemble dancers will learn new techniques, choreography, and take part in fun, interdisciplinary collaborations. This full-day program is taught by Usdan faculty and guest artists, and is designed to support dancers from grades 4 through 10 interested in pursuing dance at the intermediate or advanced levels. Audition required.

An audition is required to first determine acceptance into the program.

Video Game Art & Design

7 Week

MAJOR - Grades 4 to 12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

4 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

Video games are fun to play, but even more fun to create. Students are introduced to the creation and development of video games. Using the latest computer technology, students conceptualize game art and design the challenges and objectives for their own non-violent video games. Additional fee of $500.

Yoga

7 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 2 to 12
REC - Grades 2 to 12

4 Week

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - Grades 2 to 12
REC - Grades 2 to 12

In the serenity of Usdan's majestic campus, students discover the power of total mind and body fitness in Usdan's yoga program. Yoga platforms are located outdoors and under the trees – the perfect place for our young yogis to practice.