Nasha Thomas

Nasha Thomas
Please Credit Photo: Nasha Thomas. Photo by Andrew Eccles

Ms. Thomas oversees national outreach and AileyCamps for Ailey’s Arts in Education & Community Programs department. As a primary liaison between Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation and the national arts-in-education community, she plays a central role in working with local communities to develop and run AileyCamps across the U.S., as well as managing national residencies, workshops, and master classes. A former principal dancer with the Ailey company (1986 to 1998) and former director of the Ailey Dancers Resource Fund, she is a 1980 recipient of the prestigious Presidential Scholar of the Arts award. Ms. Thomas is a graduate of New York’s High School of the Performing Arts and Southern Methodist University.

Featured News Releases

AileyCamp Enriches Inner-City Youth This Summer In 9 Cities Nationwide Including The Launch Of The First Ever AileyCamp Baltimore

AileyCamp, the innovative full-scholarship day camp will provide life-changing and meaningful experiences to students in nine cities across the United States and welcomes the first ever AileyCamp in Baltimore, Maryland thanks to the support of Towson University. This inspiring program uses the art of dance as a means to stretch the mind, body, and spirit of approximately 900 inner-city students this summer.

Ailey Leads Acclaimed Revelations Residency Program For Local Students In Advance Of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Performances At The Arsht Center, February 20-23, Led By Miami Native and Artistic Director Robert Battle

The Ailey organization is proud to share its mission with the Miami community by using dance as a vehicle to educate, inspire and enlighten people of all ages through the acclaimed Revelations: An Interdisciplinary Approach program. The residency will serve Miami students from February 10-14 at Booker T. Washington High School and Young Men's Preparatory Academy, the first time ever implementation at an all boys school.

Featured Press Coverage

The Wall Street Journal - Video: So You Think You Can Dance Ailey's 'Revelations'?

The Wall Street Journal - Video: So You Think You Can Dance Ailey's 'Revelations'?

Alvin Ailey's 1960 modern dance masterpiece "Revelations" has been performed in 71 countries, and it reliably brings audiences to their feet, even dancing in the aisles. The combination of modern dance and spirituals creates a sense of uplift so infectious that most people leave the theater either singing the music or trying to dance the steps. Last week, they got a chance to learn those steps for real.