Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Founded in 1958, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is recognized by U.S. Congressional resolution as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World.”  Ailey’s artists have performed for an estimated 25 million people in 71 countries on 6 continents.   Led by Robert Battle, Ailey’s performances celebrate the human spirit through the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Celebrates Groundbreaking Founder During 60th Anniversary North American Tour February 1 - May 12, 2019

UPDATED January 31, 2019 (NEW YORK CITY) After an acclaimed five-week holiday season in New York, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will continue its Ailey Ascending 60th Anniversary celebration during a North American tour which kicks off during Black History Month with a February 1st opening in Toronto. On February 5th, a weeklong engagement at The Kennedy Center launches with the 20th Annual Washington, D.C. Gala Benefit to support Ailey's D.C. programs, including the creation of new works, arts-in-education activities, and scholarships to talented young area dancers to attend The Ailey School in New York. Other stops on the 21-city tour include Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Boston, culminating with a Mother’s Day performance in Newark on May 12th.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Celebrates Six Decades During 20th Annual Washington, D.C. Opening Night Gala Benefit At The John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts - Tuesday, February 5

(Washington, D.C.) January 15, 2019 – On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 20th Annual Washington, D.C. Opening Night Gala Benefit kicks off the opening of the renowned Company’s engagement at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Following the 7pm opening program on the Opera House Stage – featuring Rennie Harris’ powerful Lazarus and Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece Revelations – Artistic Director Robert Battle will lead dinner and dancing on the Terrace Level of the Kennedy Center in celebration of Ailey’s 60th Anniversary.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's 60th Anniversary Celebration Includes A Return To Atlanta's Fabulous Fox Theatre February 21-24, 2019 As Part Of A 21-City North American Tour

ATLANTA – Updated January 24, 2019 –Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Fabulous Fox Theatre, February 21 – 24, 2019, as part of a 60th Anniversary North American tour, for six breathtaking performances that promise to uplift, unite and enlighten. Ailey’s 32 incomparable dancers invite Atlantans to join in a celebration of Mr. Ailey through a variety of works celebrating his life and legacy. The engagement also includes a Family Matinee program on Saturday, February 23 at 2 p.m., which features a post-performance Q&A with the dancers.

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The Washington Post - 'Lazarus' Delineates The Ailey Miracle

Sometimes, the less said, the better. Even when kicking off a triumphant occasion, such as the 60th anniversary of a modern dance company, which is, by the way, a monumental mile-marker in the economically stressed field of dance. On Tuesday night at the Kennedy Center, Alvin Ailey Artistic Director Robert Battle kept his opening remarks blissfully simple. At the D.C. premiere of a work he'd commissioned to celebrate six decades as a primarily African American dance company, Battle spoke of the late company founder Ailey as 'a black man who had a vision 60 years ago, and here we are, living in his wake."

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WJLA - Good Morning Washington: Celebrating 60th Anniversary Of The Historic Alvin Ailey Dance Theater

WASHINGTON (ABC7) — As we honor Black History Month, we were happy to welcome back the historic Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. The company’s long-standing impact on ballet and promoting the African American experience is celebrating 60 years. Company members Courtney Celeste Spears and Daniel Harder offered a sneak peek at this week’s Kennedy Center showcase were. For more information, visit alvinailey.org.