Dahsir Hausif began dancing the way a lot of young boys do: "My mom jut dragged me to an audition one day," he says, "and I was like, O.K., I guess I'm doing this now." He was 6. At the time, he says, surfing was his main love. But that audition at the Ailey School in New York, from which the most talented of students go on to join the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and other famous dance companies, changes his life. What immediately pulled him in was its dedicated boys' program.
The Ailey Athletic Boys Dance Program is a scholarship track within the Pre-Professional Program of the Junior Division for boys between the ages of 7-17 who exhibit a strong interest in dance. A primary goal of the program is to provide access to conservatory caliber training that will enable students to matriculate to the highest levels within Junior Division.
Classes are structured to develop strength, flexibility and coordination along with the discipline, focus and drive found in professional male athletes and dancers. Boys participate in a variety of classes each Saturday, including Ballet, Horton (a modern dance technique), West African, and Tap. Prior dance training is not required.