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Posted by Content Manager, March 19, 2015
Since its inception in 2005, the Ailey Extension has welcomed over 86,000 people through the doors of its home, The Joan Weill Center for Dance, in midtown Manhattan. By making dance accessible to everyone, the Extension has continued to embody Mr. Ailey's belief that dance comes from the people and should always be given back to the people. To help us celebrate the program’s 10th year anniversary, instructors Maguette Camara, Vic DiMonda, Robin Dunn, Jonathan Lee, Joan Peters, Quenia Ribeiro and TweetBoogie—all of whom have taught at the Extension since the beginning —took some time to reflect on the past decade and look ahead to the future.
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Posted by Content Manager, March 02, 2015
The Ailey Blog recently sat down with Beginner Contemporary Jazz instructor Salim “Slam” Gauwloos to discuss his experiences working with Madonna and how he made the transition from dancing to choreographing and teaching at the Ailey Extension.
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Posted by Content Manager, February 20, 2015
This week, Fox News profiled Artistic Director Robert Battle for their special series celebrating Black History Month. Mr. Battle opens up about physical challenges he faced as a child, the drive behind his success, and the Ailey legacy.
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Posted by Content Manager, January 29, 2015
Known for her graceful presence and gracious demeanor, former professional ballet dancer Deborah Wingert is no stranger to the Ailey organization. For several years, she has taught company ballet classes for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and at The Ailey School, and now she brings her expertise to the Ailey Extension. Read on to find out how performing, choreographing and teaching for decades have influenced her both in and outside of the studio.
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Posted by Content Manager, December 24, 2014
Dancers from the Extension community share what they’d like to work on in 2015. Read on to see what inspires you, and then start 2015 on the right foot with a dance or fitness class at the Ailey Extension: www.AileyExtension.com
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Posted by Content Manager, December 15, 2014
Ailey company members Glenn Allen Sims and Marcus Jarrell Willis share their experiences preparing for 'Uprising,' an intensely powerful and challenging work created by the acclaimed Israeli-born choreographer Hofesh Shechter, in advance of Ailey's 2014 New York City Center season.
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Posted by Content Manager, October 31, 2014
Having struggled from a young age with a negative body image and discouragement from her peers, Elaine Georges stopped dancing early in life. Learn how rediscovering her passion years later served as the catalyst for achieving a new level of physical fitness and fulfillment.
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Posted by Content Manager, September 29, 2014
Do you remember your first “Ailey moment”? For Ailey Extension student Graham Daw, discovering the Ailey company at a performance in Portugal 15 years ago transformed his life.
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Posted by Content Manager, August 13, 2014
Hip-hop professional dancer and instructor Jonathan Lee speaks to the Ailey Blog about hip-hop as a technique in its own right and gives advice to aspiring professional dancers.
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Posted by Content Manager, July 30, 2014
Through their discovery of SharQui - The Bellydance Workout®, friends Jennie and Lorraine learned that when it comes to dance, age is just a number. See photos of the dancing duo in action and learn how SharQui is great for safely limbering up joints and muscles.
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