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.
Vernard J. Gilmore
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.
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?
Although it's exciting when a young new dancer catches your eye for the first time, it's even more thrilling to watch that performer mature artistically over the years. These days, many leading New York companies are enriched by veteran members who've been dancing for decades, such as American Ballet Theatre's Stella Abrera and Gillian Murphy, Paul Taylor Dance Company's Michael Trusnovec, New York City Ballet's Maria Kowroski and Mark Morris Dance Group's Lauren Grant, who's reprising her role as the heroine of The Hard Nut at BAM this month.
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).
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Bernard J. Gilmore is proof that it's never too late to follow your passion. Gilmore didn't start dancing until the age of 17-and now he's one of Ailey's best-known company members.
He hails from the Windy City and has graced some of the world's finest stages performing with one of the most iconic and graceful dance companies of our time. Vernard Gilmore always dreamt of being right where he is, a member of the acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Capturing the human experience through dance, Alvin Ailey's world renowned dance theater company is in Chicago through this weekend. Aly talks with one of the dancers.
He grew up in Englewood and has since travelled the world as a professional dancer. This weekend, Vernard Gilmore is performing in Chicago with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
High above the hectic (and sweltering hot) streets of New York City is a crop of the area's most talented dancers living out the incredible legacy of Alvin Ailey. They're closed off from the world with the exception of a production team and a few RSVP'd reporters - for a poweful afternnon practive of Four Corners.