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

Ailey Extension Is Shaking Up Physical Fitness Month With Upbeat World Dance Workshops, A Lively Free Times Square Dance Series, And More Ways To Keep Moving Throughout May

(NEW YORK) April 29, 2024 – This May, Ailey Extension is spicing up National Physical Fitness Month with an assortment of flavorful dance and fitness classes to get people of all backgrounds and experience levels moving. All are encouraged to add some excitement to their wellness routines by joining in the dance during workshops which dive into high energy movement styles from around the world at the Joan Weill Center for Dance – NYC’s largest building dedicated to dance, and a free series of up-tempo outdoor workshops accessible to all in the heart of Times Square!

Ailey Extension Makes National Physical Fitness Month Fun With Free Dance In Times Square Workshop Series, A Spirited World Dance Celebration, And Energetic New Weekly Classes

(NEW YORK) April 24, 2023 – Ailey Extension is adding some excitement to National Physical Fitness Month by offering a variety of flavorful dance and fitness classes to get people of all backgrounds and experience levels moving throughout May and into the summer. All are encouraged to shake up their wellness routines by joining in the dance during performance workshops which explore high energy movement styles from around the world, new weekly classes available both online and in-studio at the Joan Weill Center for Dance – NYC’s largest building dedicated to dance, and a free series of up-tempo outdoor workshops accessible to all in the heart of Times Square.

Ailey Extension Celebrates Women's History Month With A Wide Range Of Lady-Led Workshops And New Weekly Classes

(NEW YORK) March 2, 2023 – This March, Ailey Extension invites all to celebrate Women’s History Month by joining in the fun during workshops taught by leading ladies of the dance world. Each workshop makes room for guests of all ages, genders, backgrounds, and experience levels to honor the impact of women in dance and embrace their own feminine energy while exploring a variety of exciting techniques. Throughout the month, dancers will have several chances to get moving and grooving with renowned women artists in a non-competitive environment at the Joan Weill Center for Dance – NYC’s largest building dedicated to dance.

Featured Press Coverage

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Pix 11 - Learn Some West African Dance Moves

NEW YORK (PIX11) -Maguette Camara, a choreographer and teacher from the Ailey Extension, joins New York Living to discuss the legacy of West African dance and to give a demonstration live in the studio.

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Pix 11 - Broadway Dance Moves

Mathew Johnson Harris from Ailey Extension visits New York Living to teach classic Broadway dance moves for Wellness Wednesday.

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LIVE With Kelly & Mark - Let’s Dance Week: Salsa with Ailey Extension’s Ahtoy Juliana

Ahtoy Juliana is an instructor with Ailey Extension and the Artistic Director of BAILA Society, a multi-faceted Latin dance and theater company that celebrates Latin dance and music heritage through its international repertory company, online dance academy, live classes, and community events. For more details on how people of all ages can get moving with Ailey to salsa and other techniques, check out alvinailey.org/extension.