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The New York Times - The Passionate Humility of Solomon Dumas

The New York Times - The Passionate Humility of Solomon Dumas

A dancer isn’t always born a dancer. Sometimes a mother has to step in. Growing up on the South Side of Chicago with his single working mother, Solomon Dumas was involved in community theater and interested in the arts. But dance wasn’t much of a presence in his life until his mother signed him up for AileyCamp, when he was 12.

ABC Nightline - The Legacy Of Alvin Ailey, Celebrating The Company's 60th Anniversary

ABC Nightline - The Legacy Of Alvin Ailey, Celebrating The Company's 60th Anniversary

In 1958, dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey created a home for dancers to explore identity and self-expression through their art and the dance theater remains a culture institution. ABC's Zachary Kiesch goes behind the scenes of Ailey's 60th and the creation of Lazarus, the Company's first ever two act ballet by hip hop choreographer Rennie Harris.

Black America - Ailey Celebrates 60 with Judith Jamison

Black America - Ailey Celebrates 60 with Judith Jamison

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrates 60 years of achievement of the pioneering legacy of Alvin Ailey that began as a one night engagement that evolved beyond limits to a new era in the arts, naming him "one of the groundbreaking greats in modern dance history." Judith Jamison, Artistic Director Emeritus joins us to discuss her life and work with Ailey... past, present and future.

Associated Press - Ailey Troupe Marks 60 Years By Looking Back At Its Founder

Associated Press - Ailey Troupe Marks 60 Years By Looking Back At Its Founder

NEW YORK (AP) — It was March 1958 when an African-American dancer named Alvin Ailey, then making his living on the Broadway stage, gathered up a group of fellow dancers and presented a one-night show of his own works. In the audience at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan was 18-year Sylvia Waters, who was studying dance across town at Juilliard. She had never seen anything like it. “It was absolutely riveting,” she says now. “I had never seen men dance like that.” Most exciting to Waters was seeing people dance “who I could relate to,” she says. “There was something so visceral about the experience. We didn’t know at the time that it was history, but it was definitely special.”

The New York Times - Spreading Joy With A Mastery Of Multiple Styles

The New York Times - Spreading Joy With A Mastery Of Multiple Styles

Ailey's troupe, timeless yet current. New York City Center celebrated its 75th anniversary last week. That milestone nearly coincided with the annual five-week Christmas season of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the theater's first resident modern dance company, itself celebrating an anniversary this year, its 60th.

Dance Magazine - Summer Study Guide 2019: Progression Over Perfection

Dance Magazine - Summer Study Guide 2019: Progression Over Perfection

Pm a summer afternoon at The Ailey School's studios, a group of students go through a sequence of Horton exercises, radiating concentration and strength as they told to one side, arms outstretched and leg parallel to the ground. Later, in a studio down the hall, a theater dance class rehearses a lively medley of Broadway show tunes. With giant smiles and bouncy energy, students run through steps to "The Nicest Kids in Town" from Hairspray. "You gotta really scream!" teacher Judine Somerville calls out as they mime their excitement.

The New York Times - Celebrating Two Birthdays: City Center And The Ailey Company

The New York Times - Celebrating Two Birthdays: City Center And The Ailey Company

This theater, for this city. New York City Center Theater celebrated its 75th anniversary on Tuesday night. That milestone neatly coincides with the annual five-week Christmas season of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the theater’s first resident modern dance company, itself celebrating an anniversary this year: its 60th.

ABC 7 New York - Mom, Daughter Bridge Generation Gap At Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

ABC 7 New York - Mom, Daughter Bridge Generation Gap At Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

The Alvin Ailey Dance Company has been entertaining people of all ages for decades, and now, one performer is helping to pass the mantle to the younger generation. "Even hen she was a baby, she was bopping up and down," dancer Constance Stamatiou said. Six-year-old Savannah is literally following in the footsteps of her mother, who began performing with the highly acclaimed troupe in 2007. She had just finished her first year at college and did a summer program at Alvin Ailey. The rest is history.

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