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Ailey is Featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show

Masazumi Chaya celebrates his 35th Anniversary.

In April, Ailey II premieres at The Ailey Citigroup Theater. The two-week, sold out engagement marks the company’s first New York season in its own home.

On May 10, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer Dwana Adiaha Smallwood performs an excerpt of Alvin Ailey’s Cry with young students from The Ailey School on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

AileyCamp Staten Island is launched as the second camp in New York City, and a two-week pilot program in Atlanta, Georgia, begins.

On September 4, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is featured on the season opening of the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

On September 17, Artistic Director Judith Jamison is awarded a 2007 Bessie Award for her lifetime commitment to the preservation and development of dance and the arts. Company member Clifton Brown is also presented with a Bessie Award for performance.