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:

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Ailey Celebrates NYC Dance Week June 16th – 25th with FREE Class Offers at the Ailey Extension, Featuring the June 18th Launch of Brazilian Fitness Technique GingaFlex

Ailey celebrates NYC Dance Week – a citywide festival from June 16th – 25th that promotes the joy and diversity of dance – with FREE class offers at The Ailey Extension and inspiring performances by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Lincoln Center, through June 19th. The celebration kicks off at the Ailey Studios – home to the incomparable Ailey dancers – on Thursday, June 16th and continues through Saturday, June 25th, with several free classes each day for new students. NYC Dance Week also launches GingaFlex, a brand new fitness technique based on the Brazilian dance/martials arts form capoeira, on Saturday, June 18th at 12pm.

Ailey’s “Ticket to Dance” Welcomes Audiences Into the Studios for Fun & Fitness in Conjunction with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Lincoln Center Season June 8-19

The world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to Lincoln Center from June 8 – 19, and New Yorkers have a unique opportunity to join in the dance. The Ailey Extension announces the return of “Ticket to Dance,” which allows audience members to try their first class FREE with a performance ticket (returning students receive a free class with the purchase of a 10-class card).

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VeryWell - Barre Workouts To Do At Home

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.

Dance Teacher Magazine - Maguette Camara: How I Teach West African

As Maguette Camara seamlessly shifts between the front of the studio and to play drums that are clustered on the side, it's hard to tell where the musician leaves off and the dancer begins. He's instructing an advanced-beginner level West African class at The Ailey School in New York, and the intricate rhythms are proving challenging to the students - 30 pre-professional men and women.