New York, NY – August 25, 2021 – The Ailey organization resumes Ailey All Access with a fall series of free programs from August 25 – November 17 in advance of the much-anticipated return to the New York City Center stage for live performances this December. The online initiative, which has built community and celebrated the indomitable human spirit through dance since March 2020, features presentations of performance broadcasts, Ailey Extension dance and fitness classes, and more.
Jamar Roberts (Miami, FL) graduated from the New World School of the Arts. He trained at the Dance Empire of Miami, where he continues to teach, and The Ailey School’s Fellowship Program. Mr. Roberts was a member of Ailey II and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Dance Magazine featured him as one of “25 to Watch” in 2007 and on the cover in 2013. In 2016 he was a guest with London’s Royal Ballet and won Outstanding Performer at the New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards. He made his Ailey II choreographic debut with Gêmeos, set to the music of Afrobeat star Fela Kuti. He has premiered three works for the Company to critical acclaim: Members Don’t Get Weary (2017), Ode (2019), and A Jam Session for Troubling Times (2020). Jamar has been commissioned to make virtual works for New York City Ballet, The March on Washington Film Festival and Works and Process at the Guggenheim where he created the short dance on film piece entitled Cooped. Mr. Roberts first joined the Company in 2002 and in 2019 was appointed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s first Resident Choreographer.