WATCH: Refinery29's own Lucie Fink takes on the challenge of learning traditional African Dance for the very first time! Press play to see if she can master the art of this dance.
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.
Finis Jhung's career as a professional dancer began in 1960 in the Broadway and national companies of Flower Drum Song. The Korean-Scottish-English Hawaii native then went on to dance with San Francisco Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet, found his own company, Chamber Ballet USA, and teach his unique classical ballet style to professionals and amateurs all over the world.
Choreographer Maguette Camara sat down with Tracie Strahan to talk about his dancing experience and what he teaches at the Ailey Extension.
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.
Join in on a tap dancing lesson with Marshall Davis, Jr., a tap instructor at the Ailey Extension in New York. If you have any questions about the routine, put them in the comments, and NYT journalist Nilo Tabriz will ask some.
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.
We're toning up mind, body & soul with Kukuwa Fitness - a fun, high-energy workout blending together rhythms and movements from several regions in Africa with Wellness with Coach Cass!
For some New Yorkers, it is a dream to be able to walk to work. Some dance instructors for the Ailey Extension in Hell's Kitchen get to live the reality.
The next at-home barre workout comes from Sarita Allen, a former dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Sarita founded Ailey Barre in 2015 and teaches the class to students of all levels at Ailey Extension in New York City.