Ailey Camp Final Performance

AileyCamp Kansas

AileyCamp Kansas 2022 Final Performance Program

THE HUNT(Opening)

Choreography Inspired by: Robert Battle (The Hunt 2001)

Restaged by: Nasha Thomas, Torrens Jonson

Music: Les Tambours Du Bronx

Dancers: AileyCamp Kansas 2022


Melanie Miller-KCFAA Chief Executive Officer, Tyrone Aiken-KCFAA Chief Artistic Officer

Nasha Thomas-AileyCamp National Director, Torens Johnson-AileyCamp Deputy National Director

Tightrope of faith (Tap)

Choreography: Jason Jones

Music: Janelle Monae

Dancer: Group A AileyCamp Kansas

Pointe of Faith (Ballet)

Choreography: Jayla Johnson

Music: Black Violin

Dancers: Group P AileyCamp Kansas

Faith (Creative Writing)

Directed by: Desmond ‘337’ Jones

Written and Recited By Jayaira Garner, Kamea Richardson, Ameira Thomas, Eresse Lewis, Prince Lassiter, Laniya Randolph, Raelynn Donley, Ty’chelle Conway, Ila Hensley, Zanniiah Reliford

Welcome 2

Paula Lang Director

ReConvene (Modern)

Choreography: Rodni Williams

Music: Cory Henry

Dancers: Group C AileyCamp Kansas

I Got Faith (Jazz)

Choreography: Deannah Herron

Music: Arianna Grande & Stevie Wonder

Dancers: Group M AileyCamp Kansas


AileyCamp Kansas 2022 Staff

GABRIEL (Closing)

Choreography: Paula Lang, Jason Jones, Rodni Williams, Deannah Herron, Jayla Johnson

Music: Roy Davis Jr

Dancers: AileyCamp Kansas 2022


Paula Lang – Kansas Camp Director

Paula Lang (Kansas City, MO) serves as the Dance Department Chair at Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts. A graduate of UMKC, she began dance training at an early age and studied extensively in Kansas City with Tatiana Dokoudovska and the Ailey School in New York City being personally chosen for a scholarship by Alvin Ailey. Paula has performed with the Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera, Theater in the Park, Missouri Repertory Theater, American Heartland Theater, Coterie Theater, Starlight Theater, Ethos Dance Company and in Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey’s Setting the Stage. Ms. Lang performed and choreographed for the Houston Opera, Radio Disney Entertainment, Zombie Prom, Babes in Arms, In the Heights, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Chicago, High School Musical, Dream Girls, Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar, Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray, Anything Goes, The Wiz, Shrek and a production called The Sounds of Philadelphia. Paula is also an instructor at Mindy’s Dance Center. This is Paula’s 32nd year with AileyCamp.

JaRon Shelton – AileyCamp Kansas Administrator

JaRon Shelton
Deannah Herron

Deannah Herron – Jazz Instructor

Jayla Johnson – Ballet Instructor

Jayla Johnson

Desmond “337” Jones – Kansas Creative Writing Instructor

Desmond “337” Jones (Kansas City, MO) is a part of the spoken word performance duo, with Theodore “Priest” Hughes called The Recipe. Desmond is a Lifetime poet and 18- year veteran in the Recipe since 2005. The Recipe according to Webster’s dictionary: is a set of instructions from various ingredients to obtain success. The Recipe combined props, music, and theater to spoken word incorporating multiple artistic mediums to heighten the social conscious message that can be playful, serious, melancholy, or simple. They developed a style they call, Dramatic Art ‘n Rhythm. They believe that by exemplifying excellence and team work as spoken word artists/activists they can change lives. This is Desmond’s ninth Year with AileyCamp.

Jason Jones – Tap Instructor

Rodni Williams

Rodni Williams – Kansas Modern Dance Instructor

Rodni Williams (Miami, FL) has danced with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Wylliams / Henry Danse Theater, The MAFATA Dance Co, NY, Rod Rogers Dance Co., Garth Fagan Dance, The Clive Thompson Dance Company, The Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater, Deeply Rooted Productions and Dance Miami. His theatrical productions include the Jay Leno Show, Love in Four Acts for PBS Chicago, a tour of FAME the Musical, the PBS Special Martin, Bible Stories, Mephistopheles, God’s Trombones and Abyssinia with director, Mike Malone, and the Philadelphia Opera Company. Rodni holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from The University of Arizona, Tucson, a BFA in dance from Adelphi University and has studied at the Dance Theater of Harlem and Ailey School. He has taught at The University of Arizona-Tucson, the Ailey School, MOVE ON Dance Center and the Co-Founder/Associate Artistic Director of Black Dance Festival, Vienna, Austria. This is Rodni’s 20th year at AileyCamp.

Ruby Lynn Jones – Group Leader

Ruby Lynn Jones (Topeka KS) is honored to be a graduate of Topeka High School, with a four-year GPA of 3.2. For her senior year, she was a part of Ultramotion Studio’s first year of classes as an advanced senior member. She was also commissioned to choreograph and present a senior duet performance entitled “Lasting Colors”. Upon graduation, she completed a summer/fall internship at Studio 7 Hair and Style in Lee’s Summit, MO. As a member of The New Beginning Baptist Church, she works to better herself and others as a Technical Sound assistant and participant in other leadership areas of the ministry. Upon finishing her internship with Studio 7, she began serving for Topeka Public School as a Substitute Teacher for multiple locations as needed. This is Ruby’s second year of AileyCamp.

Ruby Jones

Noah Lang – Group Leader

Noah Lang (Kansas City, MO) is a student at Ottawa University on a track and field and football scholarship. He likes to code and hopes to be an engineer one day. Noah attended AileyCamp and participated in debate, and choir in High School. This is Noah’s second year with AileyCamp.

Jairus Pole – Group Leader 

Jarius Poole
Jalaysia Reed

Jalaysia Reed – Group Leader