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.
The Ailey Spirit Gala at Lincoln Center
Last night's opening gala benefit for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater conjured decidedly mixed feelings. On one hand, the event raised $4.6 million, capping off a $47 million haul for the year. On the other, it was the last gala the organization will see with powerhouse philanthropist Joan Weill as its board chairman: this fall, after twenty years as a trustee, Weill stepped down, having bolstered the dance troupe in ways all but a few artistic foundations can dream.
How do you dress for an evening affair that transforms into a summer night soiree? The stylish guests at Alvin Ailey's Spring Gala extravaganza show you how.
Alvin Ailey's 1960 modern dance masterpiece "Revelations" has been performed in 71 countries, and it reliably brings audiences to their feet, even dancing in the aisles. The combination of modern dance and spirituals creates a sense of uplift so infectious that most people leave the theater either singing the music or trying to dance the steps. Last week, they got a chance to learn those steps for real.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater opened its engagement at Lincoln Center, followed by a dinner and exuberant dancing.
In the world of modern dance, there are few companies - if any - that are quite as genre defining as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. And as its dancers prepare to commence a new season - kicking off the two-week string of spring performances with The Ailey Spirit Gala on June 11th - so do we: It seems that summer is finally upon us, and with it, an abundance of fittingly fresh, colorful fashion.