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."
Ailey's Next Revelation
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."