Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Samuel Lee Roberts and Michael Francis McBride sit down with New York 1's Stephanie Simon at The Ailey Studios to discuss their love story and the 2018 Lincoln Center engagement
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Wire Magazine - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Celebrates A Decade At Miami's Arsht Center And A Dancers' Love Story
Deemed by the U.S. Congress as a "Cultural Ambassador to the World," Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) is celebrating a decade of inspiring, influential and exciting performances at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. The highly-anticipated engagement, led by Miami native and Ailey's Artistic Director Robert Battle, will be held February 22-25, 2018, as the only South Florida stop on the company's 21-city North American tour.
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).
In an adorable BuzzFeed video, two dancers with the acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater revealed how they went from roommates to soul mates. Samuel Lee Roberts and Michael Francis McBride met when they both joined the troupe nine years ago. They ended up as bunkmates on tour and quickly became close, but the relationship was strictly platonic.
These Alvin Ailey dancers are sharing their journey of love and dance, and it's adorable.
Romance will be spinning on Lincoln Center’s stage this season. Alvin Ailey dancers Michael McBride and Samuel Roberts will perform together for the first time as an engaged couple, though their story dates back eight years when the two joined the company together and were soon paired as roommates on tour.
Dance Magazine - When Two Ailey Dancers Get Engaged, Of Course There Are (Professional) Background Dancers
Michael McBride and Samuel Roberts both joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in June 2009, but they were at very different points in their careers: McBride was just finishing his junior year in the Ailey/Fordham BFA program, while Roberts was already 10 years into his career.
I was recently wowed by a YouTube of Buddy Ebsen as an eccentric dancer. And another one with Earl “Snake Hips” Tucker. And another by Ray Bolger.
The most daring artistic director: Robert Battle, in his third year at the helm of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, took on Wayne McGregor's wildly articulate contemporary classic, Chroma (made for The Royal Ballet in 2006) - the first NYC company to do so.
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.