Elaine Wynn admits she knew nothing about dance the first time she saw the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. "It made something come alive in a way for me," Wynn recalls. "I saw the extraordinary work of the brilliant Alvin Ailey and I thought, look at this unique, new, American, authentic dance form. I was inspired, and from then on I tried to find the company whenever I could."
The Joan Weill Center for Dance
Since 2005, home for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Foundation has been a sleek, glass-enclosed building on the northwest corner of West 55th Street and Ninth Avenue in Manhattan known as the Joan Weill Center for Dance.
The Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation is raising the roof: It held a ceremonial "roof-breaking" performance on Tuesday to celebrate the beginning of a $25 million construction project that will add three more stories of studios, classrooms and offices to its Manhattan home.
Work begins this week on a $25 million expansion to the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation's home in Midtown West. Ailey company dancers and students marked the occasion with a performance that included excerpts from the choreographer's signature work, "Revelations."
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Pedestrians often stop to watch dance classes at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater building at 9th Avenue & 55th St.
The new home of nationally acclaimed Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, on the corner of West 55th Street and 9th Avenue in Manhattan's Clinton District, is a modest glass and brick structure designed to reveal the dancing within.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater held its own version of a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Wednesday to officially inaugurate the opening of its Joan Weill Center for Dance.
On March 1, the Ailey company is officially opening up its big new building: the Joan Weill Center for Dance. There will be much fanfare and many tributes--as there have been already.
The actual distance of the move is not far--six blocks south, one and a half blocks east--but as the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation takes up residence in its gleaming new eight-story home, what the move represents is momentous.