In the world of modern dance, there are few companies - if any - that are quite as genre defining as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. And as its dancers prepare to commence a new season - kicking off the two-week string of spring performances with The Ailey Spirit Gala on June 11th - so do we: It seems that summer is finally upon us, and with it, an abundance of fittingly fresh, colorful fashion.
(Waterford, MI) trained in ballet and jazz in her hometown. As a senior in high school, she spent a year dancing with the City Ballet of San Diego. In 2005, Ms. Jakel was an apprentice and rehearsal director for the Francesca Harper Project. She graduated with honors in May 2007 from the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program in Dance. Ms. Jakel has performed works by choreographers David Parsons, Debbie Allen, Thaddeus Davis, Hans van Manen, and Dwight Rhoden. She was a member of Ailey II and joined the Company in 2009.