Modern dance is waning in popularity, and young people don't seem to feel as connected with the work anymore. So what's a 60-year-old ballet company like Alvin Ailey to do to seem limber again?
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will give the first of six performances tonight at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. But first, they are here with us - with a sneak preview of ‘Untitled America.’
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is based in New York, but in Miami it's had a hometown aura since Liberty City-raised artistic director Robert Battle took the helm in 2011. The company just finished its annual visit to the Adrienne Arsht Center on Sunday, and - with a spotlight on "Moonlight" and its Liberty City creators - this seems like a good time to look at what the troupe's performances say about Battle's leadership.
Robert Battle, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, was prepping for an interview a few years ago and figured that, as head of a storied African-American troupe, he'd be asked yet again about black dance. So he called longtime mentor Carolyn Adams, one of modern dance's few black performers during her time with the Paul Taylor Dance Company.
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.
Need a motivation makeover? Look no further than these breathtaking photos!
Near the end of Rennie Harris' new piece 'Home' for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, there is a section that the dancers have dubbed "twinkletoes" for its fast footwork. As they rehearse it, Ghrai DeVore flicks through the intricate, rapid combination with delicacy and prcision.
The American Dancer Ghrai DeVore from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater received the Danish Queen Ingrid Scholarship of Honor of 250,000 Danish Kroner ($48,560) in Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Thursday, June 30, 2011.
For just a few days in February you have the chance to see the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Kennedy Center. Three of the dancers shared their experience and told us what it's like to be a part of this legendary dance company.
Dec. 1: The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrated 50 years of its signature work, "Revelations," and Joan H. Weill's 10th anniversary as board chairwoman.