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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...

Ailey at 60: Inspirations

Find out how Ailey inspires Jussie Smollett, Black Thought, Vanessa Williams and Lion Babe. Then, we want to hear from you! Share a video or photo with the hashtag #ailey60inspo on your Instagram or Facebook for a chance to have your post...

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 work...

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...

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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...

Getting to Know Ailey II's Terri Ayanna Wright

Joining Ailey II in the summer of 2015 helped Terri Ayanna Wright to find herself—both as a person and as a dancer. Through embracing the power in being a part of Alvin Ailey’s legacy, she has become a woman who is comfortable in her own..., 0/ 3 Photo by Tara Bellardini...

Ailey Extension Rock Stars

All of our students are stars in their own right but some spend every bit of their free time with us. They've taken hundreds of classes, several workshops, and have even danced on stage at the Ailey Citigroup Theater. But which of these...

The Ailey Extension Family

The holiday season often makes us nostalgic for warm times shared with family and loved ones. With the abundance of holiday well wishes, we often revel in the sweet moments life has given us throughout the year and life overall.  This month...

Style Blogger Courtney Quinn & DJ Ms. Nix: "Why We Love Ailey"

, A s Mr. Ailey declared, “I want to hold up a mirror to my audience that says ‘This is the way people can be; this is how open people can be.’” It’s why we say: you don’t just see an Ailey performance, you feel it. We asked two Ailey fans –...

Djembe Drum: Spirit of Togetherness

International performing artists Mangue Sylla and Nimatoulaye Camara bring Guinea, West Africa to Ailey.   “It’s beautiful when we play together,” drummer Mangue Sylla said, referring to dancer Nimatoulaye Camara. “The drum speaks with the...