NYC Dance Week is in full swing, and Ailey Extension is celebrating by offering dozens of free classes for new students. Instructor Karen Arceneaux says potential students shouldn't be intimidated by the name Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. "We have real classes for real people, so if you're a beginner, if you've never taken a class before, you can come in. It's a welcoming environment. It's inclusive, and at the end of class, you feel like a dancer,' Arceneaux said.
Remember the first half of Footloose? Where dance isn't allowed and no one does it? That's where I live. I don't want to dance with somebody and my hips do, in fact, lie. That being said, this month someone hit fast forward on my movie and I found myself at the warehouse dance party aka Ailey Dance Extension. With more than 90 weekly classes, I was quite overwhelmed with my choices. I started with salsa.
The Hub Today's Jacque Reid hits the dance floor at Ailey Extension Dance Studio.
Good Day NY's Christal Young tries a variety of dance classes offered at the Ailey Extension, including Horton, Hip-Hop, African and Vogue.
A professional dancer's body is a finely tuned instrument of movement and expression. And there are no more impeccably calibrated, eloquent "instruments" than those who make up the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater does more than just put on a good show; it offers many classes that are open to the public.
Mary Beth Quirk, 28, was in a slump and longed to love her fitness again.
Good Day's Julie Chang stretches and goes to the Alvin Ailey dance studio to learn some moves for $12.50.
Intro to Horton: Rather than being a cardio-based workout, this class (one of many offered by the Ailey Extension, the Alvin Ailey dance school’s equivalent of a continuing-ed program) teaches the Horton technique, a series of codified movements invented by Alvin Ailey’s mentor, Lester Horton, to help correct a dancer’s physical faults.