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Posted by Content Manager, January 29, 2016

The Ailey Blog highlights Ailey Extension instructor Sarita Allen, before her upcoming Ailey Experience Workshop in Atlanta on Feb 6 & 7, 2016.

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Posted by Content Manager, December 29, 2015
When Ailey Extension class takers enter the Joan Weill Center for Dance on West 55th Street and turn right to visit the Extension desk, they are always greeted by a row of friendly faces. What many passing through those revolving doors may not know is that many of these passionate individuals all volunteer their time. The Ailey Blog recently spoke with Chris Richardson, Maxwell Louis Waterman, April Facey, Jordan Llanes, and Extension Program Manager Stacey Spencer Willoughby for an in-depth discussion on what drives them to give so much of themselves back to the Ailey community.
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Posted by Content Manager, December 04, 2015
Ailey dancer and guest Ailey Blog contributor Megan Jakel interviews dancer Rachael McLaren about taking on and embodying Judith Jamison's iconic role in Alvin Ailey's tour-de-force female solo 'Cry' – which she, as well as fellow dancers, will perform as a new production this season at New York City Center. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs at City Center now through January 3rd: www.alvinailey.org/citycenter
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Posted by Content Manager, December 03, 2015
"While being in the studio during this exciting time for our company has been fulfilling, performing it will be the ultimate reward. I believe that the audience can feel when the dancers rally together for something they love and deem important, and paired with the beauty, humanity, and excitement in this much-anticipated work…'Awakening' is not to be missed." Ailey dancer Megan Jakel gives a behind-the-scenes look at the world premiere of 'Awakening,' Artistic Director Robert Battle's first new work for the Company since assuming leadership in 2011. 'Awakening' premieres at NY City Center on Dec 3. www.alvinailey.org/citycenter
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Posted by Content Manager, October 30, 2015
Originally from South Africa, Bradley Shelver was handpicked by Ailey’s Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison for a scholarship to The Ailey School before joining Ailey II. Now an instructor at the Extension, Bradley shares how students can apply lessons learned in the dance studio to everyday life.
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Posted by Content Manager, September 30, 2015
Former Ailey dancer Christopher Jackson now teaches Contemporary Jazz at the Extension. On the Ailey blog, Christopher shares his best advice for adult beginners and how to break through mental barriers.
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Posted by Content Manager, August 26, 2015
New House dance instructor Kim Holmes witnessed the beginnings of hip-hop and house dance cultures unfold in New York’s underground clubs as an adolescent in the 1980s. Kim shares her story of the evolution of the dance form and explains how being a dancer and teaching artist never feels like “work.”
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Posted by Content Manager, May 29, 2015
With Father’s Day right around the corner, the Ailey Blog highlights three Ailey Extension instructors who are also father figures—Richard Martinez, Maguette Camara, and Finis Jhung—and whose lives have been enriched by both fatherhood and teaching.
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Posted by Content Manager, May 21, 2015
Marymount Mahattan College recently announced that it will honor Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle with the degree of Doctor of Arts in recognition of his accomplishments in dance and strikingly physical choreography that have earned him a global reputation as a pioneering force in the arts.
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Posted by Content Manager, April 28, 2015
For many, attending dance classes is a way to form and nurture close bonds with friends, but what happens when we share those uplifting—and at times challenging---experiences with a family member? In the case of two Ailey Extension instructors, bringing their mothers to dance classes helped to strengthen their bonds and positively transformed the health and well-being of their moms.
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