There aren't many people left on earth who can speak to the spirit of Alvin Ailey - not in terms of his dances or the institution he created, but the man. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrates its 60th anniversary this season and along with that, the work of another choreographer who mercifully is on earth right now: Ronald K. Brown. Through his dances, he speaks to the spirit of Ailey, and for nearly 20 years now he has enriched Ailey's company with unaffected, soulful choreography that gives its dancers dimension and depth.
DANICA PAULOS (Huntington Beach, CA) began her dance training at Orange County Dance Center in southern California and also studied in Los Angeles with Yuri Grigoriev. She graduated from the Professional Performing Arts School in New York and trained at The Ailey School as a scholarship student. Ms. Paulos attended summer intensives at Kirov Academy of Ballet, The Juilliard School, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Jacob’s Pillow. She has performed works by Robert Battle, Judith Jamison, Matthew Rushing, Hope Boykin, Erika Pujic, Christian von Howard, and Kate Skarpetowska. Ms. Paulos received a Level 1 award as a YoungArts finalist by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. In 2015, she was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine as one of “25 to Watch.” Ms. Paulos was a member of Ailey II and joined the Company in 2014.