About Ailey

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized by U.S. Congressional resolution as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” has performed for over 25 million people in 48 states and in 71 countries on 6 continents, celebrating the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition. Ailey’s permanent home is The Joan Weill Center for Dance, the largest building dedicated to dance in New York City,  the dance capital of the world.

The Ailey Organization includes: Ailey II (a second performing company of young dancers and emerging choreographers), The Ailey School (one of the world's most extensive dance training programs), Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs (which bring dance into classrooms and communities), and Ailey Extension (offering dance and fitness classes to the public). 

Featured News Releases

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Announces Highlights of 2022 New York City Center Season November 30 - December 24

NEW YORK – July 21, 2022 — Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York City Center’s Principal Dance Company and America’s cultural ambassador to the world, announces highlights of its always-anticipated annual season at New York City Center. Returning to its “home” theater for four weeks from November 30 - December 24, 2022, the Ailey company will present a world premiere by Kyle Abraham, the company premiere of Twyla Tharp’s Roy’s Joys, and a new production of Alvin Ailey’s Survivors. Programs will also feature the Company’s City Center premieres of Paul Taylor’s DUET and Jamar Roberts’ In a Sentimental Mood. Beginning with a one-night-only Opening Night Gala special program on November 30, the season showcases over a half dozen classic works by founder Alvin Ailey, including the always-inspiring must-see masterpiece Revelations.

Ailey Moves NYC! Free Summer Dance Celebration Delivers Dance To The People In All Five Boroughs July 23 - August 1, 2022

New York, NY, July 6, 2022—Embracing people everywhere in the city that is its home, the Ailey organization presents Ailey Moves NYC! a summer celebration with free outdoor events throughout all five boroughs, July 23 – August 1, 2022. Featuring Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Ailey Extension—which provides dance and fitness classes for all experience levels—and Ailey Arts In Education programs, Ailey Moves NYC! offers performances, dance classes, Revelations workshops, and screenings of Jamila Wignot’s acclaimed 2021 documentary Ailey.

Ailey Celebrates NYC Dance Week June 9-18 With Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Return To Lincoln Center, Free Ailey Extension 'Dance In Times Square' Workshops, And Ailey All Access Virtual Offerings

New York – June 9, 2022 – Ailey is celebrating NYC Dance Week from June 9-18 with an assortment of in-person and virtual performances and free dance workshops. Throughout this joyous, dance-filled week New Yorkers of all backgrounds are welcomed to witness dynamic performances by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s acclaimed dancers at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, enjoy a virtual broadcast from the comfort of wherever they are, and take part in free Ailey Extension workshops either outdoors in the heart of Times Square or by joining in virtually.

Featured Press Coverage

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New York Daily News - Alvin Ailey Dance Company To Host Free Events In All 5 Boroughs For 10 Days

The heat is on in New York, but Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is giving New Yorkers plenty of reason to get outside. The iconic dance company is kicking off a series of free outdoor events throughout all five boroughs from Saturday through Aug. 1. Called “Ailey Moves NYC,” the 10-day summer celebration will include performances by the company, classes, workshops, and screenings of Jamila Wignot’s acclaimed 2021 documentary “Ailey.”

Shondaland - Head Turners: Dancer Courtney Celeste Spears Creates Her Own Rhythm

The Alvin Ailey company member talks to Shondaland about how she choreographed herself a new destiny during the most difficult time in her life. In the ongoing Shondaland series Head Turners, we meet interesting women from every facet of life who are crushing it in their careers. From artists and tech mavens to titans of the boardroom, these women are breaking barriers, and they’ll share how you can too.

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Sports Illustrated - Constance Stamatiou Dances On The Shoulders of Giants

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater company dancer continues the legacy of uplifting Black women in the arts. Sports Illustrated and Empower Onyx are putting the spotlight on the diverse journeys of Black women across sports—from the veteran athletes, to up-and-coming stars, coaches, executives and more—in the series, Elle-evate: 100 Influential Black Women in Sports.