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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.

2016 Faculty

Assistant Director, Discovery Program

Megan Marino

Director, Discovery Program

Christa Braunreuther

B. Mus., Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, M.A., SUNY Stony Brook. Faculty, Smithtown Central School District. Conductor, Long Island Children’s Choir.

Discovery

Edna Debeer Gruvman

B.F.A., Empire State College, M.S. in Dance Movement Therapy, Hunter College. Ballet teacher. Faculty, Nassau Community College.

Departments

Art

Art

Chess

Creative Writing

Creative Writing

Dance

Dance

Music

Music

Nature

Nature

Discovery

Discovery

Recreational Arts

Recreational Arts

Theater

Theater

Art

Students learn from working artists specializing in their field of focus. Each studio is tailored to its medium with materials, equipment and software. Students feature large skylights, as well as courtyards that take advantage of natural light and the inspiration of nature. The camp’s art gallery mounts student, faculty, and visiting-artist exhibitions.

MAJORS

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

MINORS

Comic Art; Lego Design; Life Drawing; Mobile Photo and Video; Painting & Drawing; Photo and Video for Social Media; Photography; Sustainable Art: Little Changes with Little Sun

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Chess

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

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Creative Writing

Small-group writing workshops take place in studios that open into the woods, for an inspiring setting. Students contribute to and shape the summer’s final project—a new issue of Usdan’s literary magazine—and also have opportunities to read their work as part of the camp’s daily Festival Concert Series.

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Dance

Dance instruction is rigorous but caring. Studios are spacious and mirrored, with soft floors and generous skylights that give an open-air effect. In culminating performances for the entire community, including friends and family, each class presents a new piece of choreography on Usdan’s main stage.

MAJORS

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

MINORS

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

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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.

MAJORS

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

MINORS

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

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Nature

Our hands-on nature programs include garden and forest exploration and nature as science, art, and craft.

Majors

Nature, Ecology & Design; Organic Gardening & Simple Food

Minors

Nature, Ecology & Design; Organic Gardening & Simple Food

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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 photos, and videos, please visit our classes offered 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.

RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY

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

 

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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.

MAJORS

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

MINORS

Actor’s Craft; Audition Boot Camp

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