Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will share its unparalleled artistry with audiences from coast to coast during a 19-city U.S. tour starting this Friday, February 3rd, in Philadelphia, PA. On February 7th, a week-long engagement at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. kicks off as part of JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy, the Kennedy Center’s yearlong programming initiative marking the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth and legacy.
HOPE BOYKIN (Durham, NC) is a three-time recipient of the American Dance Festival’s Young Tuition Scholarship. She attended Howard University and while in Washington, DC she performed with Lloyd Whitmore’s New World Dance Company. Ms. Boykin was a student and intern at The Ailey School. She was assistant to the late Talley Beatty and an original member of Complexions. Ms. Boykin was a member of Philadanco and received a New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”). For Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Ms. Boykin choreographed Acceptance In Surrender (2005) in collaboration with Abdur-Rahim Jackson and Matthew Rushing; Go In Grace with award-winning singing group Sweet Honey In The Rock for the Company's 50th anniversary season; and, most recently, r-Evolution, Dream., inspired by the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ms. Boykin joined the Company in 2000.