Ella

AAADT's Jacquelin Harris and Megan Jakel in Robert Battle's Ella
Please Credit Photo: AAADT's Jacquelin Harris and Megan Jakel in Robert Battle's Ella. Photo by Christopher Duggan

Originally created as a solo, this high-energy comical dance was reinvented as a duet by the Ailey company for its December 2016 opening night gala benefit, “An Evening of Ailey and Jazz" – in anticipation of the legendary singer Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial in April 2017.  

Using a live concert recording of Fitzgerald performing the song “Airmail Special,” Ella matches the iconic singer’s virtuosic scatting with lightning-fast, articulated movement in an irresistible tour-de-force that leaves audiences (and the dancers) breathless.