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

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Announces Programming For 21-City North American Tour January 30 - May 13, 2018

New York, NY – January 30, 2018 – Following an acclaimed five-week season launch in New York City, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will continue to grace stages from coast to coast during a 21-city North American tour beginning January 30th in Chapel Hill, NC. On February 6th, a week-long engagement at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. opens with a gala to benefit 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. Black History Month performances kick off in Memphis – where the heroic Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated 50 years ago – before spreading Ailey’s legacy of uniting, enlightening, and educating people of all backgrounds throughout the month in Washington D.C., Birmingham, Miami, Atlanta, Jacksonville, and Charlotte. Other highlights on the tour include Chicago, Houston, Boston and Berkeley, culminating with a Mother’s Day performance in Newark on May 13th.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Annual Washington D.C. Opening Night Gala Benefit At Kennedy Center For Performing Arts - February 6

(Washington, D.C.) January 25, 2018 – On Tuesday, February 6, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s annual Washington, D.C. Opening Night Gala Benefit kicks off the opening of its week-long engagement at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. After the 7pm opening program on the Opera House stage – featuring performances of a D.C. premiere, new production, and Alvin Ailey’s American masterpiece Revelations – Artistic Director Robert Battle and Ailey’s renowned dancers will join guests for dinner and dancing on the Terrace Level of the Kennedy Center.


Ailey II - The Next Generation Of Dance - Returns To The Ailey Citigroup Theater March 14-15

January 25, 2018 (New York, NY) – On the heels of a 32-city world tour, Ailey II returns to The Ailey Citigroup Theater from March 14 – 25 for its annual New York season. The 12 talented young dancers will prove that they are “second to none” (Dance magazine) in dynamic works by some of the most exciting emerging choreographers, including premieres by Juel D. Lane, Renee I. McDonald, and Darrell Grand Moultrie, and returning favorites by Jae Man Joo, Bridget L. Moore, and former Ailey dancer Marcus Willis.

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News 12 - Ready, Set, Fit: DanzaTone

News 12's Lenneia Batiste jumps into Jose Ozuna's DanzaTone, a workout class offered at the Ailey Extension that combines fun dance moves with toning your body.