What is The Ailey Extension?
The Ailey Extension offers public dance and fitness classes and workshops to dancers of all levels, from absolute beginners to professionals. Classes are offered seven days a week in the morning, afternoon, and evening in over 25 different techniques. Extension instructors are experts in their fields and ensure a welcoming, non-competitive environment at all times. Read our class and workshop descriptions to find the right fit for you.
Where are The Ailey Studios located?
The Ailey Studios at The Joan Weill Center for Dance, which houses The Ailey Extension, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, and The Ailey School are located at 405 W. 55th at 9th Avenue in midtown Manhattan.
The Joan Weill Center for Dance is walking distance from Columbus Circle Station (accessible via 1, 2, 3, A, C, B, D lines) and 57th and 7th Ave. Station (accessible via N, R, & Q lines). Convenient buses include M30, M31, M57 & M11.
What if this is my first class at the Ailey Extension?
First-Time Students Get 2-Classes-for-$28* (a savings of $8). Create an account and purchase the introductory package online now. Arrive early to your first class to pick up your Ailey Extension keytag to be used for future classes.
*Valid for 30 days from date of purchase. Extensions are not permitted.
Is there a membership fee?
No, there is no membership fee like a gym. All classes can be taken on a walk-in basis anytime. No need to sign up in advance.
What is a keytag?
When you come in for your first class, we issue you an Ailey keytag. Ailey keytags are small orange & red key chain tags that have barcodes on the other side. These barcodes are unique to each student and identify you in our system. When you come to take a class, with one swipe we can bring up your account details or sign you into class if you have classes in your account. There is no monetary value attached to a keytag.
How do I purchase classes online?
Select your class from the calendar to purchase online and reserve your spot.
If this is your first class and you don’t yet have a login, the system will prompt you to create one.
How do I purchase classes in-person at the Ailey Studios?
The Ailey Extension reception desk will be on your right as you enter the building. Credit cards, cash and travelers checks are accepted forms of payment. Please note, we do not accept personal checks.
How do I reserve a spot in class?
Once your account has been created and you’ve purchased a class or class package, simply click the “Sign Up Now” button next to the desired class. You will receive an automated email confirmation. Online sign-in is available up to one day (24 hours) before each class starts and ends one hour before the class start time.
Reserve your spot in a class
Please note that there are no refunds or exchanges, and all classes are non-transferrable and may not be used by another client. You may ‘early cancel’ yourself out of a class up to 1 hour before the class starts without being charged.
How do I purchase a class package online?
You can pre-pay for 5, 10 or 20 classes at a discounted rate.
Select “Ailey Class Packages” in the drop-down menu
If I have a class reservation, what do I do when I arrive at the Ailey Studios?
If you do not yet have an Extension keytag, visit the Ailey Extension desk located on the right side as you enter the building and a staff member will provide you with a keytag which will be yours to keep for future classes.
Once you have a keytag, checking-in is quick and easy. You can either check-in with an Extension staff member who will scan your keytag, or use the self sign-in kiosk and scanner. Both staff members and the kiosk are located in the front lobby to the right of the main security desk.
How do I cancel an existing class reservation?
You may early cancel out of an existing class reservation up to one hour before class starts.
To cancel a reservation, login to manage your account, navigate to "My Schedule" and click "Cancel" next to the class you to do not want to attend. You will recieve an automated email confirming your cancellation.
Please note, if you do not attend class, and do not "early cancel" yourself out, you will be charged for the class.
What is the cost of a class?
Class prices range from $16.50 for a single class to $276.45 for a 20-class card. We offer discountsto senior citizens (60+ years old) and Professionals with ID (dance company members, AFTRA, AGMA, AGVA, Equity, and SAG members included).
We also offer discounts to employees of our Corporate Donors. To see if your employer participates in our Corporate Donor Program, please visit your company's website.
Class prices and fees
What should I wear for class?
In general, we suggest you wear comfortable loose-fitting clothes that you can move in, like sweats, yoga pants, t-shirts, tanks, etc.
- For Horton, West African, Afro Caribbean, Capoeira, Samba and all fitness classes, we suggest you don't wear shoes or socks, just barefeet.
- For Broadway Theater Dance, we suggest you wear jazz shoes or dance sneakers.
- For Hip-Hop, please wear clean street shoes.
- For Salsa and other partner dance courses, we suggest ladies wear a skirt and shoes with a low heel and gentlemen wear trousers, a shirt, and regular shoes (like normal everyday attire).
How do I know if a class is right for me?
Each class specifies level indicating its relative difficulty. For example, Capoeira (Beg) is a beginning level Capoeira class. In general, classes at The Ailey Extension are easier and slower paced. If you are interested in a particular class and are concerned about the level, we suggest you observe the class before taking it.
Do you have locker rooms and showers?
The Ailey Studios have a state-of-the-art locker room with showers. Lockers are for day use only so you will need to provide your own lock. Belongings may not be kept in lockers overnight.
How old do I have to be to take class?
You must be 16 years or older to take any open enrollment classes at The Ailey Studios, including those offered by The Ailey School.
Do you have classes for the elderly?
Many of the classes offered by The Ailey Extension program are suitable for the elderly. If you are interested in a particular class, we suggest you observe the class before taking it. Also, the Extension offers a senior citizen discount for students 60 years of age or older.
Class prices and fees
Can I buy dance clothes at your facility?
The Ailey Boutique offers a wide variety of dance and fitness wear featuring the Ailey logo. Hours of operations are Monday through Thursday 9:00am - 7:30pm and Friday and Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm.
How are class levels defined?
- Novice: For the absolute beginner. No dance training necessary. Not available in Professional Classes.
- Advanced Beginner: Some dance/movement experience suggested (minimum 1 year prior training).*
- Intermediate: Prior dance training required (minimum of 3-4 years of prior training 2 or more times weekly).
- Advanced / Professional: Assumes 5+ years of prior daily dance training in ballet or modern techniques; not recommended for beginners.
- Open: Open to all levels.
*Professional Classes start at the Advanced Beginner level, which recommends at least 2-3 years prior training at least twice per week.