Hope Boykin

Biography

Hope Boykin (Durham, NC) is a three-time recipient of the American Dance Festival’s Young Tuition Scholarship.  She attended Howard University and, while in Washington, D.C. she performed with Lloyd Whitmore’s New World Dance Company. Ms. Boykin was a student and intern at The Ailey School. She was assistant to the late Talley Beatty and an original member of Complexions. Ms. Boykin was a member of Philadanco and received a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie). In 2005, Ms. Boykin choreographed Acceptance In Surrender in collaboration with Abdur-Rahim Jackson and Matthew Rushing for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Most recently she choreographed Go in Grace with award-winning singing group Sweet Honey in the Rock for the Company's 50th anniversary season. Ms. Boykin joined the Company in 2000.

News & Press

"I will never again say I can't do anything!" declares 14-year-old Kyle Grant from Mitchells Plain, a crime-riddled township of Cape Town. This young dance student has just witnessed the exhilarating Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's (AAADT) mini-performance for school children at the city's largest theater.
“If you wanna move, let’s move,” says Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer Hope Boykin. She steps offstage at Lexington's Cotting School auditorium and invites students to join her: “It’s hard to resist, isn’t it?”
Hope Boykin, who recently completed her 15th anniversary with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, has been called a "force of nature" on stage. Matthew Rushing, the company's rehearsal director and a choreographer, created a lead role for her in his dance "Odetta," a tribute to the singer and civil rights activist.
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