The trick to a great party often just comes down to having a great showman at its center. Cicely Tyson, Phylicia Rashad, Lion Babe, Jessica Williams and Bob Kraft were some of the guests who attended the Alvin Ailey Spirit Gala, which kicked off the company's spring season.
Opening Night Galas
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater honored Joan Weill at its opening gala.
Alvin Ailey's Opening Gala Benefit.
The dance company's annual soiree will get you in the holiday spirit.
On December 3, 2014 the Alvin Ailey Opening Night Benefit Gala honored Joan Weill upon her retirement as chairman of the Board of Trustees. The evening started with a performance at the New York City Center followed by a dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown.
Last Dance: Celebrating artistry and honoring accomplishments.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Company holds its opening gala on the 25th anniversary of Ailey's passing.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Opening Night Gala: December 4, 2013
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's opening night gala with a performance at City Center was followed by a dinner dance at the New York Hilton Midtown. A highlight was the introduction of the company's dancers in the ballroom decorated in white by David Monn.
When Robert Battle, the artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, addressed the audience on opening night at New York City Center, he brought a prop along with him: a seat belt. "Next year," he joked, "we're going to sell them in the gift shop."