Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

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The Eagle Tribune - A Determined Dancer

The Eagle Tribune - A Determined Dancer

The Lawrence child’s dreams, confusion and determination moved her body and lifted her into the air time and again. Belen Indhira Pereyra’s rhythmic steps, turns and leaps drew notice. Her mother and dance instructors saw her joy and need to dance, and gave her places to move, chances to stumble and room to grow. Pereyra, 35, stepped on to a world stage a decade ago, landing in the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, cultural emissaries who have performed for some 25 million people in 48 states, and 71 countries on six continents.

WBUR - Dancer Belén Indhira Pereyra returns to Boston with Alvin Ailey

WBUR - Dancer Belén Indhira Pereyra returns to Boston with Alvin Ailey

ancer Belén Indhira Pereyra learned at a young age that dance is a language of its own. Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Pereyra got her first taste of the art form when she was seven years old and joined a traditional Peruvian dance group, led by a woman who just wanted to share her culture. From there, she joined Lawrence Ballet Academy, where she learned the vocabulary behind the steps and began to learn hip-hop and jazz. But once she enrolled at Boston Arts Academy for high school, her passion for dance flourished, and she discovered the style that she most connects to: modern.

Dance Magazine - Beyond The Studio With 4 Pros on Their Intensely Athletic Nondance Hobbies

Dance Magazine - Beyond The Studio With 4 Pros on Their Intensely Athletic Nondance Hobbies

A career in dance is so demanding—physically and otherwise—that it can be tempting for dancers to dance, dance and only dance. It’s not uncommon to avoid other physical pursuits, whether out of fear of injury, lack of time or the now-debunked idea that certain activities build the wrong kinds of muscles. And yet, many dancers who’ve found other outlets for movement—even beyond the traditionally “dancer-approved” ones like yoga and Pilates—have found them to have a symbiotic relationship with their dance practice, each informing and growing the other. Dance Magazine spoke to four artists - including Ailey's Constance Stamatiou - with unique physical practices about what they’ve learned from them, and how they balance them with dance.

San Francisco Chronicle - Review: Classic ‘Revelations’ Feeds The Soul As Alvin Ailey Company Returns To Cal Performances

San Francisco Chronicle - Review: Classic ‘Revelations’ Feeds The Soul As Alvin Ailey Company Returns To Cal Performances

Alvin Ailey’s “Revelations” is back in the flesh — and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is dancing it as rousingly as ever. If you’ve never seen “Revelations,” or haven’t gotten a dose in a few years, make haste to the Ailey company’s current run at UC Berkeley’s Cal Performances, where this eternal and indestructible 1960 classic is slated to cap every program (there are five of them) on offer through Sunday, April 3. And brace yourself; as one longtime fan was heard telling a newcomer on opening night Thursday, March 29, “You’re about to go to church.”

NYC Media Barefeet in NYC - Black Voices

NYC Media Barefeet in NYC - Black Voices

Season 5: Ep. 1: Mickela Mallozzi kicks off this new season of Bare Feet celebrating black voices in the arts by dancing with Virginia Johnson and the renowned Dance Theatre of Harlem, along with Misty Copeland and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater! She drums and dances with the Brooklyn United Marching Band, celebrating Juneteenth with Black-owned small business owners, restaurants, and festivals throughout the city!

Windy City TImes - Dancer Vernard Gilmore 'Reflects' On Alvin Ailey, Dance, His Own Feelings

Windy City TImes - Dancer Vernard Gilmore 'Reflects' On Alvin Ailey, Dance, His Own Feelings

Twenty-five years is a long time to be involved in any discipline. Now imagine having to be in prime physical shape all that time—on the level of an elite athlete. Vernard Gilmore, who grew up in Chicago, has been with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for a quarter-century. He began his training at Curie Performing and Creative Arts High School before studying at the Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater and then moving to New York City. Gilmore is currently featured in Alvin Ailey's solo "Reflections in D" and takes center stage in other classics such as Revelations and Blues Suite. Gilmore, who's openly gay, recently talked with Windy City Times about Alvin Ailey, the evolution of dance, the Ailey documentary and his own feelings during the past two years that have challenged everyone.

The Chicago Tribune - Alvin Ailey Dancers Show Features South Elgin Dancer Sarah Daley-Perdomo

The Chicago Tribune - Alvin Ailey Dancers Show Features South Elgin Dancer Sarah Daley-Perdomo

A local dancer will perform for a hometown crowd when the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes to Chicago. Sarah Daley-Perdomo, who grew up in South Elgin and graduated from St. Charles North High School, is a company member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and will perform at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago March 2-6. Daley-Perdomo, 35, started out in ballet when she was five years old and continued her training at the Faubourg School of Ballet in Hanover Park. "It was something I realized I had a talent for and wanted to see how far I could go," she said.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution - Alvin Ailey Troupe Returns To The Fox

The Atlanta Journal Constitution - Alvin Ailey Troupe Returns To The Fox

Instinct rather than intention guided Robert Battle, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, when he choreographed the image of dancer Renaldo Maurice, a Black man, draped in the American flag. Battle had envisioned his piece, “For Four,” as a light opener to a jazz score capturing the pandemic’s pent-up energies. But at some level, Battle said, he needed to respond to the murder of George Floyd and “these fragile times in our democracy.”

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