Usdan Adds More New Programs to 2013 Lineup

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Usdan Adds More New Programs to 2013 Lineup

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, the nationally renowned Long Island summer arts day camp, continues to add new programs for its 46th, 2013 season. Most programs at Usdan Center, more than 40 in music, dance, theater, visual arts, creative writing, nature and ecology and chess, are open to all students within various age groups with no audition needed. These include the successful, recently added "Fashion Design," "Book Illustration" and "Organic Gardening and Simple Food."

New programs include: a Jazz and Tap Intensive, for 7th to 12th grades. Similar to Usdan's Ballet Intensive, this is for advanced dance students, and will include a full day of dance study. There will also be a Select Chamber Choir, a minor class, by audition for grades 7 to 12, featuring small ensemble singing of jazz, classical and popular music. Another new class will be Studio Art, for grades 5 to 12, including work in two and three- dimensional media - drawings, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking and other forms.

These are in addition to Usdan's other new, announced programs for 2013: a special three- week session July 22-August 9 (in addition to the four and seven-week programs beginning June 24); an expansion of the Center's jazz program, encompassing three separate jazz ensembles: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced, giving students more personalized attention at their specific levels as well as increased opportunity for performance; and a new "Technical Theatre" program for 10th to 12th grade students wishing to study theater stage management and set construction (limited enrollment).

Usdan Center's next, free Open Houses for the 2013 season will be on Wednesday February 20 and Sunday February 24, each from 11 AM to 2 PM at Usdan's magnificent 200-acre woodland campus. The Center, at 185 Colonial Springs Drive, Wheatley Heights (Huntington) Long Island, features more than 40 programs in music, dance, theater, visual arts, creative writing, nature and ecology and chess. For Open House information, contact the Center at (631) 643-7900, or (212) 772-6060, visit www.usdan.com, or write to info@usdan.com.

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