In March of 1958, Alvin Ailey and his company jeté'd onto the stage with a legendary performance at the 92nd Street Y -- and the world of dance was never the same. Now approaching its 60th anniversary, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater continues to expand on the legacy of its late founder, one of many gay luminaries to succumb to AIDS (he passed away in 1989).
DANIEL HARDER (Bowie, MD) began dancing at Suitland High School’s Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Maryland. He graduated from the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program in Dance, where he was awarded the Jerome Robbins/Layton Foundation Scholarship. He participated in the Holland Dance Festival with The Ailey School and as a member of the Francesca Harper Project. After dancing in the European tour of West Side Story, Mr. Harder became a member of Ailey II. He joined the Company in 2010.