About Ailey

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized by U.S. Congressional resolution as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” has performed for over 23 million people in 48 states and in 71 countries on 6 continents, celebrating the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition. Ailey’s permanent home is The Joan Weill Center for Dance, the largest building dedicated to dance in New York City,  the dance capital of the world.

The Ailey Organization includes: Ailey II (a second performing company of young dancers and emerging choreographers), The Ailey School (one of the world's most extensive dance training programs), Ailey Arts in Education & Community Programs (which bring dance into classrooms and communities), and Ailey Extension (offering dance and fitness classes to the public). 

Featured News Releases

Get Your Heart Pumping With Ailey Extension During American Heart Month

(New York) February 4, 2019 – This February, Ailey Extension welcomes students to the Joan Weill Center for Dance – New York’s largest building dedicated to dance and home of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – to adopt heart healthy behaviors through new and exciting dance and fitness classes for everyone. During American Heart Month, join us on the dance floor to improve cardiovascular health and lower the risk for developing heart disease with Ailey Extension’s Class of the Week, a one-time-only discounted class that will be announced each Monday during the month of February. Students can keep their heart rate up with friends, loved ones, coworkers, and others in the Ailey community during a special Valentine’s Day Salsa class that will get everyone moving and grooving to the rhythms of passionate Latin music and dance. Ailey Extension’s “real classes for real people” are open to dancers of all levels and backgrounds – including absolute beginners.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Celebrates Groundbreaking Founder During 60th Anniversary North American Tour February 1 - May 12, 2019

UPDATED January 31, 2019 (NEW YORK CITY) After an acclaimed five-week holiday season in New York, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will continue its Ailey Ascending 60th Anniversary celebration during a North American tour which kicks off during Black History Month with a February 1st opening in Toronto. On February 5th, a weeklong engagement at The Kennedy Center launches with the 20th Annual Washington, D.C. Gala Benefit to support Ailey's D.C. programs, including the creation of new works, arts-in-education activities, and scholarships to talented young area dancers to attend The Ailey School in New York. Other stops on the 21-city tour include Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Boston, culminating with a Mother’s Day performance in Newark on May 12th.

Featured Press Coverage

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CBS 4 Miami - Special Day For Dancing Students

Students of the Henry E. Perrine Elementary School participated in the Night Creature: An Imaginative Journey Through Dance residency with Ailey Arts In Education teaching artists.

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The Washington Post - 'Lazarus' Delineates The Ailey Miracle

Sometimes, the less said, the better. Even when kicking off a triumphant occasion, such as the 60th anniversary of a modern dance company, which is, by the way, a monumental mile-marker in the economically stressed field of dance. On Tuesday night at the Kennedy Center, Alvin Ailey Artistic Director Robert Battle kept his opening remarks blissfully simple. At the D.C. premiere of a work he'd commissioned to celebrate six decades as a primarily African American dance company, Battle spoke of the late company founder Ailey as 'a black man who had a vision 60 years ago, and here we are, living in his wake."

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WJLA - Good Morning Washington: Celebrating 60th Anniversary Of The Historic Alvin Ailey Dance Theater

WASHINGTON (ABC7) — As we honor Black History Month, we were happy to welcome back the historic Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. The company’s long-standing impact on ballet and promoting the African American experience is celebrating 60 years. Company members Courtney Celeste Spears and Daniel Harder offered a sneak peek at this week’s Kennedy Center showcase were. For more information, visit alvinailey.org.