The Ailey Spirit Gala at Lincoln Center

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison and Artistic Director Robert Battle
Please Credit Photo: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison and Artistic Director Robert Battle. Photo by Dario Calmese Jr.

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Ailey Opens Two-Week Season At Lincoln Center On Wednesday, June 11th With Free Revelations Celebration Workshop On The Plaza And One-Night-Only Ailey Spirit Gala

For first time ever rising stars of Ailey II, The Ailey School and AileyCamp join Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on David H. Koch Theater stage followed by a dance party with musical styling of special guest DJ M.O.S. Vanessa Williams serves as Honorary Chair of the gala benefit for scholarships and Arts In Education programs serving area students.

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Town & Country - At Last Night's Ailey Gala

Last night's opening gala benefit for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater conjured decidedly mixed feelings. On one hand, the event raised $4.6 million, capping off a $47 million haul for the year. On the other, it was the last gala the organization will see with powerhouse philanthropist Joan Weill as its board chairman: this fall, after twenty years as a trustee, Weill stepped down, having bolstered the dance troupe in ways all but a few artistic foundations can dream.