Solomon Dumas talks being bitten by the dance bug and his journey in joining the "graceful athletes" of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Many top dancers with elite dance companies start training when they’re very young — but that’s not always the case. Solomon Dumas — a rising star at the Alvin Ailey Company —started late, getting a push from his mom.
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.
This season, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater welcomes three new company members to its mix. One is the first former AileyCamper to make it into the company. Another will set aside her beloved pointe shoes for a coveted spot. And the third? She has two young children, but she can't get dancing out of her system.