Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Founded in 1958, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is recognized by U.S. Congressional resolution as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World.”  Ailey’s artists have performed for an estimated 25 million people in 71 countries on 6 continents.   Led by Robert Battle, Ailey’s performances celebrate the human spirit through the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition.

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

NEW YORK — August 30, 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 presents 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 also features 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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Dance Teacher - Ronni Favors’ Tips for Teaching Long, Extended Lines

Odds are, your dance students’ Instagram feeds are filled with images of professionals showing off their 180- degree penchés or demonstrating their highest extensions. It’s enough for a student to come to equate the length of their lines with the quality of their dancing—after all, dancers so often hear “long lines” as something to strive for.

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Washington Life Magazine - Alvin Ailey D.C. Gala

Dedicated to D.C. : A few months after its performance at the Kennedy Center, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater held its Washington Gala at Wolf Trap and raised nearly $850,000 to benefit local programs and scholarships for area students to attend The Ailey School in New York City. Guests enjoyed drinks and dinner in heavenly spring weather. Artistic Director Robert Battle and Board Member/Event Chairwoman Sela Collins spoke to an audience of more than 200.

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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.”