Have you ever sat in the audience at an Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performance during the magnificent dance company’s summer and winter seasons and thought wistfully, “I would love to try to do at least some of that!” Well, nothing’s impossible.
A professional dancer's body is a finely tuned instrument of movement and expression. And there are no more impeccably calibrated, eloquent "instruments" than those who make up the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Karen Arceneaux is about to deliver some bad news for the group of advanced-beginner Horton students assembled before her: She's cutting the counts in half for an already tricky exercise.
It's hard to believe Karen Arceneaux's formal dance training began when she switched her college major from chemistry to earn a BFA in choreographic design. Arceneaux immediately hit the ground running, training at the American Dance Festival, the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and The Ailey School, where she was mentored by internationally recognized master teacher Ana Marie Forsythe.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater does more than just put on a good show; it offers many classes that are open to the public.
Mary Beth Quirk, 28, was in a slump and longed to love her fitness again.
Good Day's Julie Chang stretches and goes to the Alvin Ailey dance studio to learn some moves for $12.50.
Intro to Horton: Rather than being a cardio-based workout, this class (one of many offered by the Ailey Extension, the Alvin Ailey dance school’s equivalent of a continuing-ed program) teaches the Horton technique, a series of codified movements invented by Alvin Ailey’s mentor, Lester Horton, to help correct a dancer’s physical faults.