Ailey Extension

Since 2005, Ailey Extension has offered "real classes for real people” exemplifying Alvin Ailey’s legacy that dance comes from the people and should be given back to the people.  With more than 100 classes a week in over 25 different dance and fitness techniques, there's something for everyone at any experience level including workshops and weekly classes for adults (ages 16 and up) and workshops and drop-in classes for teens (ages 12-17) and children as young as 2 years old.  For information on the Ailey Extension weekly class schedule, please visit: aileyextension.com

Featured News Releases

Ailey Extension Online Jumps Into The New Year With New Ways To Join In The Dance

New York – January 5, 2021– Ailey Extension is stepping into 2021 with a range of inspiring new ways for students to dive into the world of dance. Throughout January the program’s “real classes for real people” will introduce two new weekly wellness classes; bring back the popular Kids & Teens Online Dance Series; and host a workshop led by Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison, in honor of our founder Alvin Ailey just days after what would have been his 90th birthday. Each new offering adds to the booming selection of online options available for dancers of all ages and experience levels.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Invites Viewers To Enjoy Family Programs During Ailey Forward - First-Ever Virtual Season Celebrating Six Decades Of Revelations

New York – December 4, 2020 – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater invites families around the world to gather for special family programming during Ailey Forward – the Company’s first-ever virtual holiday season. Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, Ailey’s extraordinary dancers will elevate a legacy of artistic innovation and excellence while celebrating six decades of Alvin Ailey’s timeless Revelations. Nine presentations through the holidays, each available free online for a week, carry on the tradition of uplifting audiences and making dance accessible to all with engaging family-friendly programs and interactive experiences to uplift and unite across generations.

Ailey Extension Online Offers Cornucopia Of Classes With Respected Teachers Leading Virtual Workshops & Classes For Adults, Teens, Kids, and Toddlers

(New York) September 10, 2020 – Ailey Extension invites people around the globe to fall into dance with a variety of classes, special workshops and a kids & teens series starting in September. Students of diverse ages, backgrounds and levels are welcome to enjoy learning dance moves and enhancing fitness under the instruction of New York City’s top dance professionals with a cornucopia of virtual offerings.

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AARP - Celebrating Our Heroes

As we continue celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, this week we’re highlighting the contributions and achievements made by organizations and individuals in their communities. For the last 40 years, New York’s Museum of Chinese in America, or MOCA, the nation’s largest Chinese-American museum, has focused on preserving and making Chinese American history accessible to the general public. At the age of 82, ballet legend Finis Jhung says his "greatest joy is helping students find their “inner dancer.” He began dancing when he was six years old, and now as a renowned and beloved dance instructor in New York City, Finis Jhung has taught everyone from prima ballerinas and Broadway stars to adult beginners. On his YouTube channel, Finis is helping the 50+ community stay active by using their minds and bodies through exercise. CLICK HERE to watch a video.