(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.
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 “Bessie” Award. Ms. Boykin has choreographed three works for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Acceptance In Surrender (2005) in collaboration with Abdur-Rahim Jackson and Matthew Rushing, Go In Grace (2008) with award-winning singing group Sweet Honey In The Rock for the Company's 50th anniversary season, and most recently, r- Evolution, Dream. (2016), featuring original music by Ali Jackson (Jazz at Lincoln Center) and narration by Tony Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton). Ms. Boykin joined the Company in 2000.