In 1979, a young New York City boy met Alvin Ailey at his public elementary school during a dance workshop; unbeknownst to him it was an audition. Then nine-year-old Troy Powell had no idea who Mr. Ailey was and no formal dance training, although he came from a large African American family where dance was interwoven into their everyday home life. "I was handpicked to join the first children's program at The Ailey School, and the experience made a huge impact and changed my life," says Powell, who continued to climb the ranks through the School's professional division, Ailey II, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He succeeded Sylvia Waters in 2012 as Ailey II's Artistic Director.
On Thursday, June 13, the centerpiece of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Lincoln Center engagement will be The Ailey Spirit gala, which launches the 50th anniversary celebration of The Ailey School. The evening’s honorary chair isaward-winningactressLorraine Toussaint, star in NBC’s “The Village,” Netflix’s “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power,” AMC’s “Into the Badlands,” and the recently released supernatural thriller “Fast Color” and also the proud parent of a student at The Ailey School.
Pm a summer afternoon at The Ailey School's studios, a group of students go through a sequence of Horton exercises, radiating concentration and strength as they told to one side, arms outstretched and leg parallel to the ground. Later, in a studio down the hall, a theater dance class rehearses a lively medley of Broadway show tunes. With giant smiles and bouncy energy, students run through steps to "The Nicest Kids in Town" from Hairspray. "You gotta really scream!" teacher Judine Somerville calls out as they mime their excitement.
Conan O'Brien's Harlem odyssey continued Tuesday night with a visit to the famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, where the lanky late-night host attempted to learn modern dance over the course of one lesson. Under the tutelage of co-director Tracy Inman, O'Brien morphs from a clumsy, uncoordinated and rigid amateur into…essentially the same thing.
The grand cities of Mumbai and New York differ from each other in a million ways, but are brought together by a few common strands - their entrepreneurial spirit, their dynamic "always on-the-go" nature, their lively sidewalks, their gorgeous coastlines, the diversity of their residents who bring unique culture and religion and their vibrant music scene.
Amsterdam News - Dance: Legenda and Legacies - Robert Battle's Inaugural Season As Artistic Director
Our dance community and dance history are incredibly rich; those who have achieved the highest levels of success in this often difficult disipline deserve considerable attention. This series, "Dance: Legends and Legacies," is presented with our dance icons and their legacies in mind.
For 15-year-old Mikayla Lambert this summer hasn't been what most girls her age would consider awesome. Instead of sleeping late, she wakes up each morning at 8:30.
"What does age have to do with it?" DT asked dance educators at all stages of their careers. "How long did it take to hit your stride? What do you wish you knew when just starting out?" And perhaps most important of all, "What do all dancers need to know beforer they teach?"
Eager to nuture the next generation of dancers, the city's leading ballet companies are pulling out all the stops to attract boys.