Instead of going swimming or playing sports at a typical summer camp, some kids in Newark are spending their weeks out of school a little differently. They’re learning various forms of dance and creative skills at AileyCamp, a six-week program that was started by the legendary dancer Alvin Ailey just before his passing in 1989.
The Ailey Spirit Gala took place on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at New York City's own Lincoln Center. On Thursday, June 16, Artistic Director Robert Battle led Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Ailey Spirit Gala as part of their 2022 Lincoln Center. Including Honorary Chair Grammy® Emmy® and Tony® Award-winning actress, singer, and producer Cynthia Erivo, other star-studded guests included prominent figures in the worlds of entertainment, business, philanthropy, and politics attended the gala such as Lena Waithe, Legendary Damon, Tremaine Emory, Savion Glover, Ally Love, Amy Poehler, Amy Sherald and, TK Wonder.
What’s the old saw — “The more things change, the more they stay the same”? In the case of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, that’s a good thing. In the 10 years since Robert Battle took over the reins of the company, one of America’s most beloved artistic treasures, it has remained reassuringly familiar in its nurturing of Ailey’s legacy and his ground-breaking work. But Battle has also moved the company, founded in 1958, forward, commissioning dynamic new choreography that speaks not only to the Black experience but to the present moment for everyone.
Dancer Belén Indhira Pereyra learned at a young age that dance is a language of its own. Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Pereyra got her first taste of the art form when she was seven years old and joined a traditional Peruvian dance group, led by a woman who just wanted to share her culture. From there, she joined Lawrence Ballet Academy, where she learned the vocabulary behind the steps and began to learn hip-hop and jazz. But once she enrolled at Boston Arts Academy for high school, her passion for dance flourished, and she discovered the style that she most connects to: modern.
2022 Gala Benefit. The evening started at the Folly Theater with a performance by the world-renowned Ailey II professional dance company from New York City, followed by dinner, a live auction, and dancing at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Debby Ballard was honored with the Janet K. Miller Award. A Gala Patron Party was held earlier in the week at the Fire House KC, where the Ailey II dancers mingled with the guests. Sharon and John Hoffman and Drs. Everlyn and Roger Williams were the honorary co-chairmen of the event that supports KCFAA’s year-round education and youth development programs that teach children critical life skills through dance.
There’s A LOT going on in the Bay Area for music, dance and theater fans this weekend. Here’s a partial rundown. If you’re headed out to a show, it’s still a good idea to check the venue or production website for the latest COVID updates and safety precautions before you go.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is performing Ailey's signature piece, "Revelations," as well as new works in a run at the Auditorium Theatre tonight through Sunday. One of the featured dancers is Chicago native Solomon Dumas. He grew up on the South Side but now lives in Brooklyn and...
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Artistic Director, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Robert Battle, Photo Credit: Andrew Eccles. Dancer, Choreographer, and Artistic Director, Robert Battle’s journey to the top of the modern dance world began in the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami, Florida. He showed artistic talent early and studied dance at a high school arts magnet program before moving on to Miami’s New World School of the Arts, and finally to the dance program at The Juilliard School.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater took the stage at the Fox Theatre last weekend, its first Atlanta engagement since February 2020, just before the pandemic shutdown. In opening remarks introducing the Saturday evening performance, artistic director Robert Battle warmly acknowledged Atlanta as Ailey’s second home, and audiences welcomed dancers back with open arms, thunderous applause, and cheers and whistles of appreciation. As different as they were, together the Saturday evening and Sunday matinée programs celebrated the haunted, haunting, and ultimately transcendent legacy of the company’s founder, alongside the contributions of the African diaspora to contemporary American dance.
Before his death in 1989 at the age of 58, choreographer and modern-dance giant Alvin Ailey accomplished many groundbreaking, boundary-busting things. He helped establish modern dance as a popular art form capable of packing theaters and riveting audiences. His troupe, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, was a global sensation. And in his signature dances — 1960’s “Revelations,” 1969’s “Masakela Language,” 1971’s “Cry” for the indelible Judith Jamison — he showcased Black history, Black experiences and Black bodies with passion, ferocity and a beauty that was blinding.
PITTSBURGH — Black History Honors Salutes Alvin Ailey. Ailey was one of the most influential African Americans choreographers of modern dance. He created ballets to showcase the careers of African American dancers. Also, he founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York City in 1958.
Alvin Ailey illuminates what 2021 looked like from a dance perspective: Agitated. Stressed. Detached.
The covid-19 pandemic changed the creative strategies of many artists, particularly choreographers. How do you move dancers around a rehearsal studio when everyone has to stay six feet apart? The answer defines the two premieres presented by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on the company’s opening night at the Kennedy Center on Tuesday.