Elaine Wynn admits she knew nothing about dance the first time she saw the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. "It made something come alive in a way for me," Wynn recalls. "I saw the extraordinary work of the brilliant Alvin Ailey and I thought, look at this unique, new, American, authentic dance form. I was inspired, and from then on I tried to find the company whenever I could."
If there's a gala in Washington with a livelier dance floor than the annual Alvin Ailey after-party, Debra Lee, doesn't know of it. On Tuesday, Lee, president of Black Entertainment Television, will host her 11th gala to support Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.