The Ailey Extension

Since 2005, the Ailey Extension has offered "real classes for real people."  With more than 80 classes a week in over 25 different dance and fitness techniques, there's something for everyone at any experience level (ages 16 and up).  For information on the Ailey Extension weekly class schedule, please visit: aileyextension.com

Featured News Releases

Ailey Icons Host Exclusive Workshops And Panels In Celebration Of 60th Anniversary

(New York) December 6, 2018 – In celebration of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 60th Anniversary, Ailey Extension invites people to experience the life, legacy, and artistry of Alvin Ailey through intimate panels and workshops led by his illustrious former dancers. Sylvia Waters will moderate the Growing Up with Alvin Ailey Legacy Panel on December 10, featuring former Ailey stars Sarita Allen, Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish, and Desmond Richardson as they share personal stories, individual experiences, and life lessons learned during their tenure dancing for the legendary founder. On January 5, what would have been Alvin Ailey’s 88th birthday, Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison leads an exclusive Celebrating Alvin Ailey Workshop to share cherished memories of Mr. Ailey and teach some of his most well-known choreography.

Renowned Ailey Dancers And Choreographers Lead Workshops At The Ailey Extension In Conjunction With Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Milestone 60th Anniversary New York City Center Season

(New York, NY) October 31, 2018 - In celebration of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s momentous 60th Anniversary, Ailey Extension extends an invitation to dancers of all levels and backgrounds to join workshops by Company dancers and choreographers featured in the New York City Center holiday season (November 28-December 30). Acclaimed Ailey stars Linda Celeste Sims and Jamar Roberts lead Contemporary workshops that will unite Modern dance principles with the exploration of artistic range, and renowned choreographers Rennie Harris and Ronald K. Brown will offer an immersive taste of upcoming season world premieres and their respective signature styles. Ailey Extension workshops are open to participants of all experience levels.

Ailey Ascending 60th Anniversary Celebration Honors Groundbreaking Founder While Taking Bold New Leaps To Elevate Organization's Reach And Impact

August 1, 2018 (NEW YORK CITY) —When Alvin Ailey and a small group of African American modern dancers first took the stage in 1958, appearing at New York City’s 92nd Street Y, the engagement was for one night only—but it turned out to be the start of a new era in the performing arts. Mr. Ailey became one of the groundbreaking greats in African American history, while the work of his Company grew beyond the limits of the stage to encompass education at all levels, community outreach and cultural diplomacy. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater now embodies six decades of achievement, celebrating the human spirit with performances that unite and inspire all.

Featured Press Coverage

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New York 1 News - Spotlight NY: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Ruschell Boone looks at the history of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater with current and former artistic directors Robert Battle and Judith Jamison. They also discuss the 60th season, which is having performances at New York City Center through December 30th.

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Dance Teacher - Why Study Horton

A dancer discovers the satisfactions of learning the famously demanding technique. Ana Marie Forsythe's eyes twinkle, and a smile plays at the corners of her mouth as she welcomes the 40-plus teachers who are enrolled for her two-week-long Horton teacher-training workshop at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater studios in New York City - plus me, a dancer and writer, taking part for the day.