In the sun-soaked foyer of Atlanta's National Center for Civil and Human Rights, a tall, lean young man guided about 40 dance students last month as they learned an excerpt from Alvin Ailey's masterpiece Revelations. Christopher R. Wilson, a native of Augusta, Georgia, and a first-year member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, moved with ease and elegance between lines of young dancers, calling directions in a voice that matched the choreography's rhythm and cadence.
Christopher R. Wilson
Christopher Wilson was 11 years old when he sat mesmerized at the Fox Theatre watching a performance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Today, some 12 years later, he's come full circle.
Check out this weekend's edition of UPFRONT Inside Atlanta's Entertainment Industry. It features Ray Cornelius' one-on-one interviews with actress-singer-director Brely Evans, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre performer Christopher R. Wilson and Shelbia Jackson, Executive Director of the DeKalb Entertainment Commission.
When Christopher Wilson, FCLC ’17, found out that he had made the company of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, he immediately called his mother, who screamed and dropped the phone. “It took, like, a good two minutes for her to come back to me, so I just sort of sat there, just listening to her, and I was also crying at the same time,” he said.
New York (CBSNewYork) - The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has been entertaining audiences across the globe for decades, and this weekend the highly acclaimed company comes to Lincoln Center's David H. Koch theater. CBS2's Cindy Hsu was joined by the three newest Company members, Khalia Campell, Christopher R. Wilson and Courtney Celeste Spears for a special preview.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- He was picked on for perfecting a pirouette rather than his crossover, but that didn't stop Christopher R. Wilson from chasing his dreams. Christopher's dreams has lead him from the Garden City to the Big Apple. "Dancing is a full time job. Just like how anyone goes to work 9-5. We dance," he says. This year, he will be joining the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Fulfilling a lifelong dream at age 22.