At The Ailey School, tens of thousands of young people have received world-class dance instruction since Alvin Ailey first started training young dancers in 1969. In the School’s Professional Division (ages 17-25) and Junior Division (ages 3-17), aspiring dancers study at The Joan Weill Center for Dance—located in the heart of New York, the dance capital of the world. Students learn a diverse curriculum from an outstanding multicultural faculty in the 12 spacious studios, and there are performance opportunities during the year at the 275-seat Ailey Citigroup Theater and other venues around the city.

Studying at The Ailey School is a proven path to professional success. About 80% of the current members of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater came from the School. Students have also gone on to perform with Ailey II (the acclaimed junior company) as well as other leading ballet and modern dance companies. Additionally, students from The Ailey School have danced in many Broadway and touring theater productions, and have successful careers as dance teachers, choreographers, and arts administrators.

The mission of The Ailey School is to make dance accessible to serious dance students through a curriculum of diversified dance training, to young adults through innovative community arts-in-education programs, and to the dance enthusiast by offering a broad range of dance classes.

The Ailey School is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance. The Ailey School is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an institution of higher education and is eligible to participate in Title IV programs. The Ailey School is recognized by the U.S. Veterans Administration as an eligible school to participate in Veteran’s Educational Benefit Programs. The Ailey School is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.

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