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Meet Jamar Roberts: Ailey’s First Resident Choreographer

  Jamar Roberts first saw the Ailey company perform in Miami, FL when he was a kid. He says, “I obsessed about it for a couple months,” but then he forgot about it until it was time to graduate from college. His professor got him an...

The Greenwood Story

The 35-block Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma, dubbed America's "Black Wall Street" by Booker T. Washington, became a prosperous center for black commerce in the early 1900s.  On May 30, 1921 a 19-year-old black man named Dick Rowland...

Masazumi Chaya To Retire As Associate Artistic Director

After nearly five decades with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, our beloved Masazumi Chaya will retire as Associate Artistic Director at the conclusion of the New York City Center season on January 5, 2020. Having joined the Company in..., 0/ 5 Photo by Jack Mitchell...

Ailey Cal Performances Updates

Dear Friends: Due to a planned University of California system-wide strike that impacts the event, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s performance on Wednesday, April 10 at 8pm has been rescheduled to Sunday, April 14 at 7:30pm. We are...

Sur le Pont d'Avignon by Ailey II

Ailey II brings the popular children’s song “Sur le Pont d’Avignon” to life as they dance their way across the medieval bridge. The first two lines of the song “Sur le pont d’Avignon/On y danse, on y danse” translates to “On the bridge of...

Ailey II Dances Like You

Ailey II company members hit the streets of New York City for inspiration and New Yorkers obliged by showing off their best dance moves. Then, the Ailey II dancers put all the moves together to create a whole new high-energy dance. If you...

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Becoming Ailey

In celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Artistic Director Robert Battle and members of Ailey's creative team collaborated with Bob Bonniol and Caryl Glaab of MODE Studios, Inc. to create this video...

Dancing in Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ailey’s Vernard J. Gilmore performs an excerpt of Hope Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream. in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. r-Evolution, Dream. was inspired by the speeches and sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which Boykin listened...

EN: Fate, Destiny, Circle

Take a look at the inspiration behind Jessica Lang’s first work for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Choreographer Jessica Lang has been connected to the Ailey company for over 20 years. Even her first date with her husband, Company member...

Ailey featured in new series, “A Day’s Work"

By Grace Landefeld In NYC Media’s new video series “A Day’s Work,” viewers get to see what New Yorkers' lives are really like. Season 1 is dedicated to jobs in the arts and entertainment industry, and episode 2 features three people who...

I Wanna Be Ready: A 60th Anniversary Tribute to Alvin Ailey

On March 30, 1958, the dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey (1931-1989) launched his company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, at a performance in New York City that forever changed the face of American dance. He was 27 years old. In...

Ailey launches new video series online

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is pleased to announce Rue Montorgueil, a joyful film-short that captures a spectacular chain reaction of dance along the bustling street Rue Montorgueil in Paris. This video launches a year-long video...

Ailey's new Education Wing opens

At a festive ribbon-cutting on the evening of October 18, 2017, leaders of the Ailey organization joined with dancers, students, donors, and friends from New York City's dance community to open the Elaine Wynn & Family Education Wing, a..., 0/ 7 Ribbon-cutting for the Elaine Wynn...

Dance Moms

As we gear up for Mother’s Day, we decided to check in with a few of our instructors to hear about their motherhood experiences. Learn how their mothers influenced them and bring your mother or child to take our Mother’s Day Kukuwa class...

Behind the Scenes with Ailey II’s Gabriel Hyman

“Former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer Clifton Brown actually inspired and influenced me most as a dancer,” says Gabriel Hyman who is in his second-season with Ailey II. Hyman says that Brown’s “incredible ability to blend...