About Ailey

Alvin Ailey's Revelations
Please Credit Photo: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Alvin Ailey's Revelations. Photo by Nan Melville

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

Ailey's2016NewYorkCityCenterSeasonProgrammingAnnouncement_Final_080416

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Announces Programming For New York City Center Season, November 30 - December 31, 2016

NEW YORK – August 4, 2016 — Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York City Center’s Principal Dance Company, returns to the New York City Center stage from November 30th – December 31st, 2016. In his sixth season as Artistic Director, Robert Battle leads Ailey’s 32 renowned dancers during this annual five-week engagement, which has become a joyous holiday tradition.

Ailey's2016InternationalTour_UK_Switzerland_Denmark_FINAL

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's 2016 International Tour Includes Performances In The United Kingdom, Switzerland And Denmark September 6 - October 20

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized by U.S. Congress as “a vital American cultural ambassador to the world,” returns to the United Kingdom, Lausanne, Switzerland, and Copenhagen, Denmark to perform a dozen ballets from September 6 – October 30. Robert Battle will lead Ailey through the UK (September 9 – October 19) for the first time since becoming Artistic Director, including the Company’s inaugural visits to Southampton and Canterbury, England.

Featured Press Coverage

AmsterdamNews_AIE_AileyCamp_Feature_8.11.16

New York Amsterdam News - Former AileyCamper, Now Ailey Member Solomon Dumas Affirms Program's Value

Thursday, Aug. 11, more than 100 youngsters will take the stage at Hostos Center for Arts & Culture for a festive performance that caps their six-week summer at CAS/AileyCamp New York. They will showcase skills nurtured by the innovative program that combines dance and classes in creative communication and personal development to give kids ages 11 to 14 tools that help them reach their full potential by encouraging self-awareness, self-esteem and discipline.

VeryWell_TAE_BarreSarita_Feature_8.3.16

VeryWell - Barre Workouts To Do At Home

The next at-home barre workout comes from Sarita Allen, a former dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Sarita founded Ailey Barre in 2015 and teaches the class to students of all levels at Ailey Extension in New York City.