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Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation Announces Over $40 Million Raised In Unprecedented Honoring Of Board Chair Joan Weill To Cap Her Two Decades Of Transformative Leadership

The Board of Trustees of Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation and Executive Director Bennett Rink today announced that more than $40 million has been raised to date to cap the tremendous legacy of retiring Chairman of the Board Joan H. Weill. The unprecedented gift, led by the generosity of Sanford I. Weill, inaugurates the Campaign for Ailey’s Future to support the expansion of Ailey’s building and the extension of Ailey’s artistic and educational initiatives.

Joan H. Weill To Retire As Chairman Of The Board Of Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation After Two Decades Of Transformative Leadership

Joan H. Weill, Chairman of Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc., informed the Board of Trustees and announced today that she intends to retire at the end of this year. Mrs. Weill joined the Ailey Board in 1994, was named Chairman in 2000 and is widely acknowledged as a driving force in the growth of the entire Ailey organization over the past two decades.

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The New York Times - A $40 Million Thank You

Joan H. Weill is going out with a bang. After her 14 years as chairwoman of the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation and 20 years on its board, the company on Thursday evening planned to announce that more than $40 million had been raised in honor of her retirement.

Outbound Magazine - Masazumi Chaya: Pointe Man

Outbound Magazine - Masazumi Chaya: Pointe Man

Masazumi Chaya was expected to follow his parents' footsteps in medicine but was drawn to theater. After graduating from high school, he worked as a dresser for film and TV star ferry Ito, who encouraged him to study singing, acting, and dance.