Pre-Professional Program 2021-2022
Pre-Professional Program 2021-2022
The Ailey School Staff is excited to welcome you back for the 2021-2022 Academic Year! This program has been designed to give students the opportunity to continue pre-professional training with the community of friends, faculty and staff they have come to know as their Ailey family during this time of social distancing.
Under advisement from medical and regulatory counsel, throughout the 2021-2022 Academic Year, The Ailey School will continue to operate at limited capacity. As unforeseen challenges may arise due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schedule and program information provided throughout the enrollment process is subject to change.
In keeping with Alvin Ailey’s visionary philosophy of training versatile dancers, The Junior Division Pre-Professional Program 2021-2022 offers curriculum based training taught by The Ailey School’s most experienced and distinguished faculty and company alumni.
The program offers a graded-level curriculum of classical ballet, modern techniques including Horton and Limón; along with Jazz, West African and Contemporary. Students will receive individualized feedback and personal advisement. Students recommended for placement in Levels III, IV, V, and VI/VII are eligible to enroll.
Classes for students in Level IV-2 and up will be offered in person. Classes for students in Level III-2 and Level IV-1 will be offered according to a hybrid schedule of virtual and in-studio classes. Please visit For Parents & Students for sample class schedules.
Tuition & Fees
Pre-professional tuition varies from $2,636/year to $4,184/year depending on level and number of classes per week. The minimum payment required to complete registration is the first tuition installment + required fees.
A new payment system will be introduced for the 2021-2022 Academic year.
New “Tuition Pay” System includes:
- Choose your own username
- eCheck or Credit/Debit Cards
- Autopayment required
- Enrollment payment method saved for next payments
- Login to change card or account for next payments
Email Bursar@alvinailey.org to withdraw or inquire about important dates in the withdrawal policy.
Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 5:30pm
Parent & Student Information Session. Hosted via Zoom.
Monday, June 14th at 12pm - Wednesday, June 16th at 5pm
Registration for Returning Families. Students enrolled on a first come-first served basis.
Thursday, September 16th - Level III and Level IV
Student Tech Check in. Hosted via Zoom.
Friday, September 17th - Level V and Level VI/VII
Student Tech Check in. Hosted via Zoom.
Saturday, September 18th at 11am - Parents and students welcome
Mandatory Parent and Student Orientation. Hosted via Zoom.
Tuesday, September 21st
Junior Division Classes Begin
For Parents & Students
*Safety procedures are under review by our Safety Task Force. Please continue to check our FAQs for updates.
2021-2022 Junior Division Academic Calendar
Ailey Forward Safety Plan
Our first priority in reopening the Joan Weill Center for Dance is the health and safety of our students, musicians, instructors and staff.
Leadership within the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation has given careful consideration as to how the organization can safely, effectively and efficiently continue to offer quality educational programming. In conjunction with our Safety Task Force and COVID-19 Medical Task Force of NYU Langone Health professionals, we have developed a comprehensive plan, the Ailey Forward Safety Plan, for reopening the Joan Weill Center for Dance.
Ailey Forward is fully consistent with New York Forward, the governor’s plan for reopening the State of New York, and draws from the Centers for Disease Control guidelines.
Please see below measures that have already been put into place.
All safety policies for The Ailey School are currently under review. Safety policies will be provided at the start of the academic year.
To reduce the number of people in the building at one time, parents will not be permitted into the building. Drop off and pick up procedures will be announced at the start of the academic year.
Classes for students in Level IV-2 and up will be offered in person. Classes for students in Level III-2 and Level IV-1 will be offered according to a hybrid schedule of virtual and in-studio classes.
In addition to a class level assignment, students will receive a cohort assignment for in-studio classes (ex. Level IV-1/Cohort 4A). As per safety guidelines, in-studio cohorts will consist of no more than 12 students.
Level and Cohort announcements will be posted for all students in Google Classrooms.
For further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online classes are accessed through Google Classrooms and hosted via Zoom.
The HealthCheck by Stratum app is a health screening app used to screen for potential COVID-19 related symptoms prior to students entering the building. Every Saturday, your child must complete the HealthCheck screening in the app before leaving home, 2 hours prior to the start of class.
All HealthCheck apps MUST be completed BEFORE departing from home. If it is determined that students are completing the HealthCheck app just prior to entering the Ailey building, admittance will be denied. If students receive a yellow or red notification admittance to the building will be denied.
Please read: How to use HealthCheck by Strattum app.
Yes. Our Medical Task Force has deemed it prudent for all Ailey School students to be re-tested for COVID-19 before returning to in-studio classes on School premises.
Proof of a negative COVID-19 nasal swab PCR Test will be required no more than five (5) days prior to January re-entry to the building. Please email test results to Dawn Tricarico at email@example.com and wait for clearance from Dawn stating you are cleared to return to the Ailey building.
In addition, we will continue to utilize the HealthCheck app and to conduct temperature checks upon arrival.
No, entry is not possible without the results. We understand that at different times during the pandemic, receiving test results have taken longer than others. Ailey requires negative test results to enter the building. Students will have to take online classes until your negative test is confirmed and submitted.
No, saliva tests will not be accepted. A ‘nasal swab PCR test’ is the most accurate and the only acceptable test for entry to the Ailey building. If you obtain a "rapid test" you must make certain to ask if the test is a 'nasal swab, PCR test' and not an antibody or antigen test. Students will not be allowed to return to school without submitting result from a ‘nasal swab PCR Test.’
You must not come to school! Please consult the CDC guidelines to read about the 14-day recommended quarantine in the event of a positive test result.
Contact tracing methods are in place to track the spread of infection through the HealthCheck app. If a student shows symptoms of, or tests positive for COVID-19, the students and instructors in a cohort of fully vaccinated students will not be asked to quarantine. Students in a cohort of both vaccinated and unvaccinated students will be asked to quarantine, and self-monitor as guided by the CDC and Government regulations.
In the event that a cohort needs to quarantine, in-person instruction will be terminated, and classes will continue virtually.
An internet-enabled device with webcam to participate in Zoom classes
Reliable internet access
A safe moving space clear of obstructions
The ability to log in and out of Google Classrooms and Zoom independently
If desired, students may choose to purchase marley floors or ballet barres, but these items are not required
Masks will be required at all times in The Ailey Studios
A cell phone (for contact tracing app. & building entry)
A supply of small bottles of hand sanitizer you can carry with you daily
A basic First Aid Kit (ie: pain reliever/fever reducer, a supply of any personal medications you are prescribed to take by a physician, etc.)
Dress code will be required for the 2021-2022 Academic Year. Details will be announced by our Boutique Manager Colette Hawkins. Please check back to this page.
Level placements for the 2021-2022 Academic Year have been determined based on a number of factors including, but not limited to, proficiency in ballet and modern, instructor recommendations, and informal observation prior to Ailey School closure in March 2020. Previous evaluations and attendance records were also reviewed to determine level placement.