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Artistic Director Robert Battle Announces Exciting Highlights to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Lincoln Center Season June 13-17, 2018

New York – May 17, 2018 – Artistic Director Robert Battle has announced exciting highlights to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Lincoln Center season at the David H. Koch Theater June 13 – 17. In addition to three diverse programs – Celebrate Women, with a world premiere by Jessica Lang, Ailey, Then & Now, and Musical Icons – the engagement also includes The Ailey Spirit Gala benefit; three new Company dancers; and a series of activities for all as Ailey enters its sixth decade.

Premier Ailey Dancers Teach The Company’s Signature Style During New York City Center Season

(New York, NY) November 13, 2017 – Ailey Extension welcomes leading dancers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to teach three special workshops during the company’s New York City Center holiday season (November 29 – December 31). Former Ailey dancer and creator of Ailey Barre Sarita Allen teaches choreography from Alvin Ailey’s popular work Night Creature, and company members Hope Boykin and Michael Jackson, Jr. lead workshops that will feature Alvin Ailey’s signature style and expand the artistic range of students.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Short Film Created On Paris Street During International Tour Debuts On Nowness In Celebration Of United Nations Day, October 24th

New York – October 24, 2017 – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is pleased to announce Rue Montorgueil, a joyful short film hat sprang to life on a bustling Parisian street when Ailey company members performed with local dancers - people of different backgrounds, talents and nationalities joined together through the universal language of dance. Recognized by U.S. Congressional resolution as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater participated in the project during a 10-week international tour throughout Europe led by Artistic Director Robert Battle.

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ABC Nightline - The Legacy Of Alvin Ailey, Celebrating The Company's 60th Anniversary

In 1958, dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey created a home for dancers to explore identity and self-expression through their art and the dance theater remains a culture institution. ABC's Zachary Kiesch goes behind the scenes of Ailey's 60th and the creation of Lazarus, the Company's first ever two act ballet by hip hop choreographer Rennie Harris.

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The New York Times - The Passionate Humility of Solomon Dumas

A dancer isn’t always born a dancer. Sometimes a mother has to step in. Growing up on the South Side of Chicago with his single working mother, Solomon Dumas was involved in community theater and interested in the arts. But dance wasn’t much of a presence in his life until his mother signed him up for AileyCamp, when he was 12.

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Associated Press - Ailey Troupe Marks 60 Years By Looking Back At Its Founder

NEW YORK (AP) — It was March 1958 when an African-American dancer named Alvin Ailey, then making his living on the Broadway stage, gathered up a group of fellow dancers and presented a one-night show of his own works. In the audience at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan was 18-year Sylvia Waters, who was studying dance across town at Juilliard. She had never seen anything like it. “It was absolutely riveting,” she says now. “I had never seen men dance like that.” Most exciting to Waters was seeing people dance “who I could relate to,” she says. “There was something so visceral about the experience. We didn’t know at the time that it was history, but it was definitely special.”