Ailey Athletic Boys Dance (Ages 7-17)

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.

Featured Press Coverage

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The New York Times - A Dance Class Just For Boys

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.

Backstage - Dance Training for Children and Teens

It takes many years of study to acquire a professional level of dance technique, so aspiring dancers must begin training at a very young age. Even those who start performing professionally as youngsters must continue training through their adolescent years.