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

Get Your Heart Pumping With Ailey Extension During American Heart Month

(New York) February 4, 2019 – This February, Ailey Extension welcomes students to the Joan Weill Center for Dance – New York’s largest building dedicated to dance and home of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – to adopt heart healthy behaviors through new and exciting dance and fitness classes for everyone. During American Heart Month, join us on the dance floor to improve cardiovascular health and lower the risk for developing heart disease with Ailey Extension’s Class of the Week, a one-time-only discounted class that will be announced each Monday during the month of February. Students can keep their heart rate up with friends, loved ones, coworkers, and others in the Ailey community during a special Valentine’s Day Salsa class that will get everyone moving and grooving to the rhythms of passionate Latin music and dance. Ailey Extension’s “real classes for real people” are open to dancers of all levels and backgrounds – including absolute beginners.

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.

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.