Samuel Lee Roberts

SAMUEL LEE ROBERTS (Quakertown, PA) began his dance training under the direction of Kathleen Johnston and attended The Juilliard School. He performed in the first international show of Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Mexico City and danced with the New York cast from 1999-2004. Mr. Roberts performed during the award ceremony at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, worked with Corbin Dances and Keigwin + Company, and was a founding member of Battleworks Dance Company. In May 2006, Mr. Roberts was named Dance Magazine’s “On the Rise” Dancer. He performed several roles in Julie Taymor’s film Across the Universe and the original opera Grendel. Mr. Roberts joined the Company in 2009.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Short Film Created On Paris Street During International Tour Debuts On Nowness In Celebration Of United Nations Day, October 24th

New York – October 24, 2017 – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is pleased to announce Rue Montorgueil, a joyful short film hat sprang to life on a bustling Parisian street when Ailey company members performed with local dancers - people of different backgrounds, talents and nationalities joined together through the universal language of dance. Recognized by U.S. Congressional resolution as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater participated in the project during a 10-week international tour throughout Europe led by Artistic Director Robert Battle.

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OUT 100 - The Alvin Ailey Dancers

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).

Logo - Alvin Ailey Dancers Share How They Went From Tour Roommates to Fiancés

In an adorable BuzzFeed video, two dancers with the acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater revealed how they went from roommates to soul mates. Samuel Lee Roberts and Michael Francis McBride met when they both joined the troupe nine years ago. They ended up as bunkmates on tour and quickly became close, but the relationship was strictly platonic.