Washington, D.C. Gala Benefit

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Washington Life Magazine - Alvin Ailey D.C. Gala

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.

The New York Times - At Ailey’s Gala, Different Kinds Of Hope

The New York Times - At Ailey’s Gala, Different Kinds Of Hope

Uplift is what people expect from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. And so its no surprise that for its spring gala – this spring all springs – the company focused explicitly on themes of hope, promise and future. What’s pledged is delivered, with much of the rottenness that comes with reliability. But the Ailey company’s official hope doesn’t entirely eclipse a more troubled and therefore more trustworthy kind, supplied mostly by the troupe’s increasingly important resident choreographer, Jamar Roberts.

Town & Country - Inside The 2021 Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Spring Gala

Town & Country - Inside The 2021 Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Spring Gala

On Thursday, June 24, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater held its annual Ailey Spring Gala—this year a tribute to Washington, D.C. that drew guests including Michelle Obama, Alicia Keys, Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III, and Congressman James E. Clyburn. The evening honored the late Congressman John Lewis and featured three premieres, including “Hope” by Ghrai DeVore-Stokes, “Promise” by Chalvar Monteiro, and “Future” by Kanji Segawa, as well as excerpts from In Memory, a film by Ailey resident choreographer Jamar Roberts and “For Four,” a filmed dance choreographed by artistic director Robert Battle.

The Washington Post - Dancing With The Stars

The Washington Post - Dancing With The Stars

Alvin Ailey company features six local children at the Kennedy Center in its signature work. The dancers emerged onto the blue-lit stage wearing all white. In rows of two - their hands clasped - they slid across the theater floor, threw their arms above their heads and twirled. In front of them, 2,000 people sat in red velvet seats at the Kennedy Center's Opera House. But the dancers remained poised - not even the raucous cheering that echoed through the theater could melt the stern looks from the dancers' faces.

The Washington Post - 'Lazarus' Delineates The Ailey Miracle

The Washington Post - 'Lazarus' Delineates The Ailey Miracle

Sometimes, the less said, the better. Even when kicking off a triumphant occasion, such as the 60th anniversary of a modern dance company, which is, by the way, a monumental mile-marker in the economically stressed field of dance. On Tuesday night at the Kennedy Center, Alvin Ailey Artistic Director Robert Battle kept his opening remarks blissfully simple. At the D.C. premiere of a work he'd commissioned to celebrate six decades as a primarily African American dance company, Battle spoke of the late company founder Ailey as 'a black man who had a vision 60 years ago, and here we are, living in his wake."

WJLA - Good Morning Washington: Celebrating 60th Anniversary Of The Historic Alvin Ailey Dance Theater

WJLA - Good Morning Washington: Celebrating 60th Anniversary Of The Historic Alvin Ailey Dance Theater

WASHINGTON (ABC7) — As we honor Black History Month, we were happy to welcome back the historic Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. The company’s long-standing impact on ballet and promoting the African American experience is celebrating 60 years. Company members Courtney Celeste Spears and Daniel Harder offered a sneak peek at this week’s Kennedy Center showcase were. For more information, visit alvinailey.org.

The Washington Post - A Strong Dance Partner

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.

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