In March of 1958, Alvin Ailey and his company jeté'd onto the stage with a legendary performance at the 92nd Street Y -- and the world of dance was never the same. Now approaching its 60th anniversary, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater continues to expand on the legacy of its late founder, one of many gay luminaries to succumb to AIDS (he passed away in 1989).
Ailey dancer and choreographer Hope Boykin talks about Ailey’s upcoming performances at the Los Angeles Music Center, and shares a segment from her world premiere r-Evolution, Dream.
Take a peek at the dancers who will be heating up the stage in Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s latest engagement. One of the great pleasures of dance can be watching gorgeous bodies in motion.
Washington D.C.-native Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancers Samantha Figgins and Daniel Harder discuss the Company’s season at the Kennedy Center.
It goes without saying that the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is an institution; since 1958, it has been a bastion of African American excellence in artistic expression. AAADT has showcased the works of countless titans of dance, including choreographic legends like Talley Beatty and Katherine Dunham.
Daniel Harder was surrounded by 30 high school students - nearly two dozen girls dressed in black leotards and black or nude tights rolled up to their ankles, eight boys dressed in white tank tops and black leggings. The looked at Harder in awe.
With new additions to the repertory, Robert Battle's company looks to the future. Wayne McGregor's Chroma was a standout.
Unifying the work of one's mind, body and spirit simultaneously, modern dance uses the body as an instrument of self-expression and prodigious emotion - glorifying "line, interdependence of bodies and the balance of the visual sculpture."
Alvin Ailey dancer Daniel Harder shows us his knack for making comfortable clothes look polished.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has been captivating audiences for more than fifty years, amassing a repertoire of more than two hundred works from more than eighty choreographers since its founding by Alvin Ailey in 1958 at the 92nd St. Y.