Hope Boykin

Hope Boykin Photo by Andrew Eccles
(Durham, NC) is a three-time recipient of the American Dance Festival’s Young Tuition Scholarship.  She attended Howard University and while in Washington, DC she performed with Lloyd Whitmore’s New World Dance Company. Ms. Boykin was a student and intern at The Ailey School. She was assistant to the late Talley Beatty and an original member of Complexions. Ms. Boykin was a member of Philadanco and received a New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”). In 2005, Ms. Boykin choreographed Acceptance In Surrender in collaboration with Abdur-Rahim Jackson and Matthew Rushing for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Most recently she choreographed Go In Grace with award-winning singing group Sweet Honey In The Rock for the Company's 50th anniversary season. Ms. Boykin joined the Company in 2000.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's 2017 U.S. Tour Reaches 19 Cities From February 3 - May 14

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will share its unparalleled artistry with audiences from coast to coast during a 19-city U.S. tour starting this Friday, February 3rd, in Philadelphia, PA. On February 7th, a week-long engagement at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. kicks off as part of JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy, the Kennedy Center’s yearlong programming initiative marking the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth and legacy.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle Announces Program For Return To Arsht Center Stage February 23 - 26

Today, Artistic Director Robert Battle announces programming for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s return by popular demand to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County for five performances from Thursday, February 23 through Sunday, February 26, 2017. In conjunction with his visit home to Miami this week, he is also pleased to share news about the opportunity for local students to attend The Ailey School in New York City, thanks to the establishment of two Ailey Awakening Summer Intensive Scholarships supported by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.

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Atlanta Journal Constitution - Alvin Ailey Choreographer Finds Inspiration In King's Speech

Hope Boykin, long-time member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, returned to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in January, wondering if she’d have the same rendezvous with inspiration she’d had two years earlier. She’d just taught a master class at the museum, part of the Ailey company’s new Destination Dance initiative to offer year-round local programming in partnership with several Atlanta cultural organizations.

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WABE 90.1 - MLK Sermon Inspires New Piece For Alvin Ailey Dance Theater

When Hope Boykin last visited WABE, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater veteran was starring as Odetta, the woman often referred to as "the voice of the Civil Rights movement," in a world premiere piece by Matthew Rushing. Now, as Boykin prepares to return to Atlanta, she’s bringing a work of her own to the Fox Theatre’s stage.