Clifton Brown

CLIFTON BROWN (Goodyear, Arizona) began his dance training at Take 5 Dance Academy. He continued training at various schools and was in the first class of the Fordham/Ailey BFA program. Mr. Brown began his professional career when he joined the Ailey company in 1999, where he served as choreographic assistant to Judith Jamison. He has also danced with Earl Mosley's Diversity of Dance, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and was a founding member and rehearsal director for Jessica Lang Dance. He was nominated in the U.K. for a Critics Circle National Dance Award for best male dancer, received a Black Theater Arts Award, as well as a "Bessie" award. As a guest artist he's performed with Miami City Ballet, Rome Opera Ballet, Nevada Ballet and Parsons Dance Company. He has set the work of Alvin Ailey, Earl Mosley and Jessica Lang on various companies around the world. He has made several television appearances including performing as a guest artist on So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With The Stars. He has had the privilege of performing at the White House, and for President Obama. Mr. Brown rejoined the company in 2017. 

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Artistic Director Robert Battle Announces Exciting Highlights To Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Lincoln Center Season June 14-18

Artistic Director Robert Battle announces a variety of exciting happenings in connection with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Lincoln Center season at the David H. Koch Theater June 14 – 18. In addition to three diverse programs featuring recent favorites and the company premiere of Battle’s Mass, the season will include an array of uplifting activities for all ages, the return of acclaimed dancer Clifton Brown, a special Ailey Spirit Gala performance of Moonlight x Ailey.

Featured Press Coverage

The New York Times - An Ailey Favorite Returns To The Fold

Onstage, Clifton Brown is a force: a dancer with enormous presence, a strong theatricality and a large-scale, lush physicality. His long, graceful arms seem to embrace the world, and he has a way of tilting his face upward so it catches the light, giving him the air of someone illuminated by thought.

The Providence - Seeking Connection via Revelations

Clifton Brown shares little in common with Alvin Ailey, the late legendary American dancer whose namesake company he now works for. Yes, both are African-Americans. Both are dancers of supreme athliticism. But beyond that, their backgrounds couldn't be more different.

The New York Times - Voodoo, Vivid Colors and Strange Visions

Watching "Celebrating 'Revelations' at 50," the film tribute by Judy Kinberg that precedes the piece during the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's current season, it's notable how rough hewn - and powerful - the dancing looks in the historical footage of Ailey and others performing in that work.