The Ailey School

The Ailey School is the official school of the world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.  The School’s faculty is comprised of over 100 dance professionals who are experts in their fields, 40 professional musicians, and a staff of dedicated administrators and advisors.  Annually, The Ailey School trains more than 3,500 students, offering over 300 classes every week in addition to performance opportunities and support services.  Esteemed alumni, representing a broad spectrum of cultural backgrounds, use their unparalleled training to dance professionally, choreograph, and teach around the world.

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Songs for a Healthier America Debut Album And Live Event to Kick Off Monday, September 30 At Symphony Space In NYC Presented By WAT-AAH!

Who ever said positively impacting children's health attitudes has to be boring? On September 30th, the proverbial 'spoonful of sugar' long used to catalyze kids' health initiatives gets kicked to the curb by great music! 9/30 will mark the debut release of a boisterous new album aimed at amplifying the benefits of healthier child nutritional and exercise choices by setting inventive woodcraft to music.

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation Names Bennett Rink As New Executive Director

The Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation today announced that after an international search to identify a new Executive Director, the Board of Trustees has chosen to continue the Ailey tradition of passing on leadership from one generation of the organization to the next by naming Bennett Rink to the post.

10th Annual Ailey At The Apollo - Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Stars of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, gifted young dancers from The Ailey School and, for the first time ever, talented students from AileyCamp will come together for a spectacular one-night performance on Tuesday, May 8th at 7pm on the world famous Apollo stage. Led by new Artistic Director Robert Battle, the Spring Gala Benefit performance will be at the Apollo Theater (253 W 125th Street, between 7th & 8th Avenues). A gala party with festive dress, décor and dancing to music by the famed DJ Ruckus will conclude the 10th annual celebration.

Featured Press Coverage

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The Dance Enthusiast - Moving Caribbean in NYC: Joan Peters, Teacher of the Katherine Dunham Technique at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's School

While a New York native born and bred, Joan Peters moves Caribbean almost everyday and has done so, amazingly, since the age of five. It all started when her great-aunt, who loved to read about Katherine Dunham (the legendary dancer, anthropologist, writer and activist who famously brought dances of the Caribbean to stage prominence) sought out the pioneer’s dance classes for her young niece.

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Rolling Stone - Watch Conan O'Brien Master Modern Dance at Alvin Ailey Theater

Conan O'Brien's Harlem odyssey continued Tuesday night with a visit to the famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, where the lanky late-night host attempted to learn modern dance over the course of one lesson. Under the tutelage of co-director Tracy Inman, O'Brien morphs from a clumsy, uncoordinated and rigid amateur into…essentially the same thing.

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DanceTeacher - Peter Brandenhoff: How I Teach Bournonville

Peter Brandenhoff has just announced to his Ballet Arts students that he'll be taking it easy this class, because he recently tore his calf muscle. "I'm going to sit here like an old Russian," he says in his faint Danish accent, as he moves to a chair to the front of the cavernous New York City Center studio and sits down.