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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The Ailey Spirit Gala Benefit Supports Scholarships and Arts In Education Programs - Thursday, June 15th at 7pm

The centerpiece of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Lincoln Center engagement is The Ailey Spirit Gala on Thursday, June 15th. This one-night-only benefit performance and party honors Ailey Board Vice Chairman Stephen Meringoff for his longtime support of Ailey, and his instrumental role in strengthening and sustaining AileyCamp. Critically-acclaimed actor André Holland, who most recently appeared in the eight-time Oscar-nominated film Moonlight, has just been announced as Honorary Chair.

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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.