Ailey Arts in Education Inspires Students with Innovative Revelations Residency Program

 

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AILEY ARTS IN EDUCATION INSPIRES STUDENTS WITH
INNOVATIVE REVELATIONS RESIDENCY PROGRAM
 
Curriculum Shared with Orange County, Chicago and New York City Public Schools
in Conjunction with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 2010 U.S. Tour
 
NEW YORK  (January 29, 2010) – The Ailey organization continues to share its mission of bringing dance to the people through the acclaimed Revelations: An Interdisciplinary Approach curriculum for public school students, in conjunction with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 2010 U.S. Tour.  This innovative residency utilizes Alvin Ailey's signature work, Revelations, as the inspirational framework for a comprehensive study of language arts, social studies, and dance.  Thanks to the JP Morgan Art of Learning Sponsorship, Revelations Residencies will be implemented in Orange County, CA (February 1-5); Chicago, IL (March 15-19); and New York, NY (March 16-25). 
 
“Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is a world renowned company, rich with cultural history, and JPMorgan Chase is honored to have the opportunity to bring this dance company’s creativity, inspiration and story to children across the country,” said Kim Davis, president of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.  “Every child deserves the chance to express their creativity and to interact with role models who help foster that spirit.”
 
Created in 1999, Revelations:  An Interdisciplinary Approach engages students’ analytic and creative thinking skills while introducing them to the work and vision of Alvin Ailey.  Exploring the life story of Alvin Ailey and Revelations; Mr. Ailey’s beloved 1960 masterpiece, students connect this story to their academic studies, life experiences, community, and the broader world around them.  During the residency, Ailey teaching artists will work directly with students and their teachers using customized lesson plans.  During Ailey’s 2010 U.S. Tour, students will also have the opportunity to see a live performance of Revelations – which has been seen by and inspired more people worldwide than any other modern dance piece.
 
“I have seen firsthand how Revelations inspires these students, as it has audiences around the world since 1960,” said Nasha Thomas-Schmitt, Ailey’s Co-Director of Arts-in-Education and former Ailey Company member. “The dance classic’s significant history and power provides a framework for this unique residency that guides students in new ways of learning academic subjects, as well as self-esteem, creativity, and how to write their own life story in positive ways.” 
 
The Revelations curriculum has been profiled on CNN and has earned enthusiastic responses from previous participants in Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and London. 
 
Revelations: An Interdisciplinary Approach furthers Ailey’s pioneering efforts to use dance to inspire, entertain, and educate people of all ages and backgrounds.  Other activities for your people include master classes, lecture/demonstrations, and AileyCamp, a full scholarship summer camp for underserved youth, now in 10 cities including Atlanta and Miami.
JP Morgan is the Art of Learning Sponsor.
 
 

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 ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized by U.S. Congressional resolution as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” grew from a now fabled March 1958 performance in New York that changed forever the perception of American dance. Today, led by Judith Jamison, now celebrating her 20th Anniversary as Artistic Director, Ailey has performed for an estimated 23 million people in 48 states and in 71 countries on 6 continents, including two historic residencies in South Africa, promoting the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance tradition. Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc. is the umbrella organization which includes Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Ailey II (1974) a second performing company of emerging young dancers and innovative choreographers; The Ailey School, (1969) one of the most extensive dance training programs in the world; Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs which bring dance into the classrooms, communities and lives of people of all ages; and The Ailey Extension, a program offering dance and fitness classes to the general public that began with the opening of Ailey’s permanent home – the nation’s largest building dedicated to dance - named The Joan Weill Center for Dance, located at 55th Street at 9th Avenue in New York City.  For more information, visit www.alvinailey.org

 
 

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