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

AileyCamp - Nationally Acclaimed Free Summer Program - Transforms Inner-CIty Youth Through Dance, Stretching Their Minds, Bodies and Spirits

New York, NY – July 1, 2019 – This summer, AileyCamp will provide 1,000 inner-city students in 10 cities nationwide a safe space to be themselves and explore their creativity during a six-week life-changing program. Founded by Alvin Ailey and Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey in 1989, this innovative full-scholarship day camp uses dance as a vehicle for developing self-esteem, self-discipline, creative expression, and critical-thinking skills. Driven by Alvin Ailey’s mission to bring dance to everybody, AileyCamp continues Ailey’s legacy inspiring students in Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Berkeley/Oakland, CA; Chicago, IL; Kansas City, MO; Kansas City, KS; Miami, FL; Newark, NJ; New York, NY; and Seattle, WA.

Ailey Ascending 60th Anniversary Celebration Honors Groundbreaking Founder While Taking Bold New Leaps To Elevate Organization's Reach And Impact

August 1, 2018 (NEW YORK CITY) —When Alvin Ailey and a small group of African American modern dancers first took the stage in 1958, appearing at New York City’s 92nd Street Y, the engagement was for one night only—but it turned out to be the start of a new era in the performing arts. Mr. Ailey became one of the groundbreaking greats in African American history, while the work of his Company grew beyond the limits of the stage to encompass education at all levels, community outreach and cultural diplomacy. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater now embodies six decades of achievement, celebrating the human spirit with performances that unite and inspire all.

AileyCamp Celebrates 30 Year Milestone of Enriching And Inspiring Inner-City Youth Nationwide

New York, NY – July 9, 2018 – As Ailey enters its sixth decade, AileyCamp, the organization’s innovative full-scholarship day camp, marks its 30th anniversary reaching over 1,000 inner-city students in 10 cities nationwide with a life- changing experience. Founded by Alvin Ailey and Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey in 1989, AileyCamp is being implemented in collaboration with local organizations in Kansas City, MO; Kansas City, KS; Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Berkeley, CA; Chicago, IL; Miami, FL; Seattle, WA; Bronx, NY and Newark, NJ. The valuable summer program gives underserved students ages 11 to 14 a supportive environment to use dance as a vehicle for developing self-esteem, self- discipline, creative expression and critical-thinking skills.

Featured Press Coverage

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Pix 11 - Alvin Ailey Summer Camp Program Spotlight

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is known the world over for its vibrant company of dancers dedicated to preserving the uniqueness of the African American cultural experience. Founder Alvin Ailey was a pioneer of programs promoting arts in education, particularly those benefiting underserved communities. For more than 30 years, a nationwide summer program has also been offering inner city children the chance to enrich their lives through dance. We hear from the national director of AileyCamp, Nasha Thomas, and one of this year’s campers, Jada-Ann Parker, on what this program means to all those who participate.

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CBS Miami - Teens Find Their "Voice" Through The Power Of The Arts At AileyCamp Miami

The lives of more than a thousand underserved students have been strengthened thanks to Ailey Camp Miami at the Adrienne Arsht Center. The six-week program strives to provide a safe and artistic environment for campers through the arts. “We want them to understand they are powerful young people,” said Jairo Ontiveros with Ailey Camp Miami. That’s what’s instilled in the minds and hearts of the more than 115 students taking part in the free paid scholarship camp offered to all Miami-Dade County public school students.

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WCIU - Alvin Ailey Camp: Chicago

Using the power of movement, the legendary dance company Alvin Ailey is touching lives of at-risk youth through AileyCamp, a six-week summer camp. It gives kids a creative outlet to feel good about themselves. Joining us was director of AileyCamp Chicago, Lizette Rayford and a current student in the program, Kristen Roberts.