Ailey Extension

Since 2005, Ailey Extension has offered "real classes for real people” exemplifying Alvin Ailey’s legacy that dance comes from the people and should be given back to the people.  With more than 100 classes a week in over 25 different dance and fitness techniques, there's something for everyone at any experience level including workshops and weekly classes for adults (ages 16 and up) and workshops and drop-in classes for teens (ages 12-17) and children as young as 2 years old.  For information on the Ailey Extension weekly class schedule, please visit:

Featured News Releases

Ailey Extension Makes National Physical Fitness Month Fun With Free Dance In Times Square Workshop Series, A Spirited World Dance Celebration, And Energetic New Weekly Classes

(NEW YORK) April 24, 2023 – Ailey Extension is adding some excitement to National Physical Fitness Month by offering a variety of flavorful dance and fitness classes to get people of all backgrounds and experience levels moving throughout May and into the summer. All are encouraged to shake up their wellness routines by joining in the dance during performance workshops which explore high energy movement styles from around the world, new weekly classes available both online and in-studio at the Joan Weill Center for Dance – NYC’s largest building dedicated to dance, and a free series of up-tempo outdoor workshops accessible to all in the heart of Times Square.

Ailey Extension Celebrates Women's History Month With A Wide Range Of Lady-Led Workshops And New Weekly Classes

(NEW YORK) March 2, 2023 – This March, Ailey Extension invites all to celebrate Women’s History Month by joining in the fun during workshops taught by leading ladies of the dance world. Each workshop makes room for guests of all ages, genders, backgrounds, and experience levels to honor the impact of women in dance and embrace their own feminine energy while exploring a variety of exciting techniques. Throughout the month, dancers will have several chances to get moving and grooving with renowned women artists in a non-competitive environment at the Joan Weill Center for Dance – NYC’s largest building dedicated to dance.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Return to Atlanta February 16-19, 2023 For Five Exciting Performances At The Fox Theatre

ATLANTA – December 21, 2022 – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies, returns to the Fox Theatre, February 16-19 for five show-stopping performances featuring eight different dance works as part of a 22-city North American tour. Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, Ailey’s extraordinary dancers will move audiences with world and company premieres by Kyle Abraham, Jamar Roberts, and Twyla Tharp. In addition to two repertory favorites by Robert Battle, founder Alvin Ailey’s choreography is spotlighted with a new production of Survivors for the first-time ever, a dance from his legendary collaboration with Duke Ellington, and the must-see masterpiece Revelations as the inspiring finale of all performances.

Featured Press Coverage


Pix 11 - Learn Some West African Dance Moves

NEW YORK (PIX11) -Maguette Camara, a choreographer and teacher from the Ailey Extension, joins New York Living to discuss the legacy of West African dance and to give a demonstration live in the studio.


Pix 11 - Broadway Dance Moves

Mathew Johnson Harris from Ailey Extension visits New York Living to teach classic Broadway dance moves for Wellness Wednesday.


LIVE With Kelly & Mark - Let’s Dance Week: Salsa with Ailey Extension’s Ahtoy Juliana

Ahtoy Juliana is an instructor with Ailey Extension and the Artistic Director of BAILA Society, a multi-faceted Latin dance and theater company that celebrates Latin dance and music heritage through its international repertory company, online dance academy, live classes, and community events. For more details on how people of all ages can get moving with Ailey to salsa and other techniques, check out