Ailey Experience: Chicago - Dance Classes NYC

Ailey Experience: Chicago


Saturday, March 5 1:00-3:30pm
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Red Clay Dance Company                         
Artist in Residence at Fuller Park
331 W. 45th St.
Chicago, IL 60609

1:00pm-2:30pm: West African Class
2:30-3:30pm: Revelations Master Class

Full Workshop
SIngle Class (West African or Revelations)

Sunday, March 6 1:00-3:30pm
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South Shore Cultural Center
7059 S. South Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60649

1:00pm-2:30pm: West African Class
2:30-3:30pm: Revelations Master Class

Full Workshop
Single Class (West African or Revelations)

PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY. Workshop fees will not be accepted at the door.

Chicago, we're heading to your city! This workshop is designed to expand on Mr. Ailey’s life-long commitment to bringing dance to everyone. Students ages 13 and older will have an absolutely unique New York dance experience. The Ailey Experience workshop gives dancers the opportunity to learn from leading instructors at The Ailey Extension and former members of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Join us for two workshops with renowned master teacher Maguette Camara and an in-depth study of Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece, Revelations, featuring the traditional spirituals and gospel songs that are essential to Ailey’s masterwork.

One Workshop includes:

  • West African class with renowned master teacher Maguette Camara
  • Learn the choreography of Ailey’s masterpiece Revelations
  • Study how Mr. Ailey shared his life stories through dance
  • Meet Director of The Ailey Extension and former Ailey dancer Lisa Johnson-Willingham
  • Chance to win a scholarship to The Ailey Experience Summer Workshop in NYC
  • Ailey souvenirs
  • Q&A: Learn about the life and career of an Ailey dancer

About West African:
This dance class is an active, vivacious rhythmic dance experience and is designed for everyone who loves to dance. The class combines body, mind and spirit in an energetic union of the music, dance and oral tradition of the people of West Africa. Class will be ccompanied by live drumming. All levels welcome.
About Revelations:
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized by U.S. Congressional resolution as a “vital American cultural ambassador to the world,” celebrates the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition. Hailed as an American classic and a must-see for all people, Revelations explores the emotional spectrum of the human condition, from the deepest of grief, to the purest of joy. Inspired by his childhood experiences of growing up in Texas and set to traditional spirituals, this timeless classic has been seen by more people since its creation in 1960 than any other modern dance work.


About Lisa Johnson-Willingham:

Lisa Johnson-Willingham, born in Washington, DC, is a graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and received a B.F.A. from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She was a member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for six years, 1993-1999. Ms. Johnson-Willingham also danced with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, New World Dance Company, Donald Byrd/The Group, Joel Hall Dance Company, Deeply Rooted Productions, Cerqua/Rivera Art Experience, Nucleus Dance Collective, and Complexions. As a choreographer, she has set pieces on such dance companies as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Joel Hall Dance Company, Cerqua/Rivera Art Experience, Melissa Thodos and Dancers, One World Dance Theater and Hubbard Street II. Her leadership experience in the arts includes a decade-long position as Director of AileyCamp Chicago, working as Director of dance programs at the Dance Conservatory of Chicago High School for the Arts and Whitney Young Magnet High School, and teaching at Columbia College, Olive Harvey College, and Joffrey Academy of Dance.

About Maguette Camara:

Maguette Camara is a recognized West African choreographer, musician and teacher based in New York City.  Mr. Camara began his career with the Ballet Bougarabou Dance Company, and his extensive experience with this company allowed him to perform and present workshops in Morocco, Canada, Senegal and the United States.  He has performed in diverse and impressive venues including The Lincoln Center Outdoor Concert Series, The Guggenheim Museum, The Rolling Stones World Tour, Epcot Center Disney World and The World Trade Center Jazz festival.  As a faculty member at The Ailey School, Barnard College, Cathedral High School and Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, Maguette teaches both African dance and drum to all levels and all ages.  Mr. Camara is also the artistic director and founder of the group Mane Kadang, which is guaranteed to set any stage on fire.

Full Workshop

$40/person per workshop

Single Class

$25/person per class