Cathryn Williams

Director, Arts In Education & Community Programs

Cathryn Williams is responsible for the management, growth, and development of Ailey’s Arts In Education & Community Programs. During her tenure at Ailey, participation by schools in Ailey’s residencies has more than doubled; a new curriculum, Night Creature: An Imaginative Journey Through Dance, was developed for elementary schools and two new programs have been launched: AileyDance Kids SOAR: Success. Opportunity. Artistry. Respect., and AileyDance for Active Seniors. Most recently in 2020, Ms. Williams has led the pivot to Ailey Arts In Education’s online Remote Learning Activities, making residencies, workshops and the newly designed virtual Revelations residency more accessible to schools and organizations across the country.

Ms. Williams has over 20 years of experience in program design, implementation, and staff development. Prior to joining the Ailey organization in 2012, Ms. Williams created and managed international and cross-cultural education ventures with institutions for Lincoln Center Institute (LCI) and supervised LCI’s teaching artists. Ms. Williams has also worked as a consultant in arts and education, conducted artist residencies for the National Endowment for the Arts and other organizations, and has served as Director of the 92Y Harkness Center for Dance. She performed internationally with modern dance companies and on Broadway and taught on the faculties of prestigious dance institutions.

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Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs Expands Remote Learning Activities With Revelations Virtual Dance Workshop Series

(New York, NY) February 4, 2021 – Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs is proud to announce an inspiring new virtual series that expands available Remote Learning Activities for schools and organizations looking for alternatives to in-person dance classes and residencies, supplements to physical education offerings, or to provide an engaging extracurricular activity for students. Launching during Black History Month as Alvin Ailey’s signature American masterpiece Revelations marks six decades, Revelations Virtual Dance Workshop Series furthers Ailey’s mission of using dance to inspire, enlighten, and entertain people of all backgrounds and ages.

AileyCamp Enriches Inner-City Youth This Summer In 10 Cities Nationwide

AileyCamp, the innovative full-scholarship day camp, will provide approximately one thousand inner-city students in 10 cities across the United States this summer with an inspiring six-week program that uses the art of dance as a means to stretch their minds, bodies and spirits.

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Dance Informa - AIleyDance For Active Seniors: Dance From And Back To The People

“Dance came from the people and should always be delivered back to the people,” Alvin Ailey said. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, a key part (but not all of) his legacy, works by this ethos. “Dance is for everybody,” asserts Cathryn Williams, director of Arts in Education and Community Programs at Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation. Amongst many other programs offering dance across the five boroughs of NYC, her department offers AileyDance for Active Seniors.