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: aileyextension.com

Featured News Releases

Ailey Extension Welcomes Kids And Teens To Get Moving During Physical Fitness Month With Special Workshops And The Launch Of The Summer Kids & Teens Sunday Dance Series

(NEW YORK) April 28, 2022 – Ailey Extension is encouraging New York City’s young dancers to get moving during National Physical Fitness Month with the return of in-studio Kids & Teens classes and special workshops. Starting in May, fully vaccinated kids (ages 5-11) and teens (ages 12-17) can enjoy class in Ailey’s studios at the Joan Weill Center for Dance – NYC’s largest building dedicated to dance – to have fun while learning hip-hop, ballet, West African, contemporary and Broadway Jazz in a welcoming and nurturing environment with their peers. Classes for kids and teens are designed to help children of all experience levels explore movement and learn the healthy habit of exercising at an early age.

Ailey Extension Celebrates Black History Month With The Launch Of Ailey Legacy On-Demand Series And Themed Workshops

(NEW YORK) February 2, 2022 – In celebration of Black History Month, Ailey Extension is launching Ailey Legacy On-Demand, a series of on-demand workshops taught by the stars of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and presenting a variety of workshops and classes that highlight Black contributions to the world of dance. Each day in February students of all experience levels can explore street styles such as hip-hop and Afro’Dance, dive into Afro-Latin techniques from Cuba and Brazil, and immerse themselves in traditional West African dance with Ailey’s elite instructors either in-studio at the Joan Weill Center for Dance – NYC’s largest building dedicated to dance – or virtually from wherever they are located.

Ailey All Access Series Of Digital Performance Broadcasts January 31-June 20 Headlines Slate Of Free Ailey Virtual Offerings

New York, NY – January 20, 2022 – The Ailey organization committed to furthering the pioneering vision of its founder Alvin Ailey continues to find ways to build community, inspire, and celebrate the indomitable human spirit through dance with a new slate of digital programing in conjunction with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s national tour marking Artistic Director Robert Battle’s 10th anniversary and 50 years of Cry. Upcoming offerings include: Ailey All Access, a returning online initiative featuring a series of performance broadcasts January 31 – June 20; a virtual educational performance experience will introduce young audiences to the magic of Ailey; Ailey Extension's dance and fitness classes program invites fans around the world to join in the dance with new workshops; and viewers are encouraged to explore the life and work of a brilliant and enigmatic genius through feature-length documentary portrait, AILEY.

Featured Press Coverage

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Prevention Magazine - Move of the Month Core Strengthener With Pilin Anice

This hold gives your abdominal muscles a serious workout, hundreds of crunches not required. Pilin Anice, demonstrating this move here, is a dance instructor with Ailey Extension, which offers "real classes for real people" in a wide variety of dance and fitness techniques. To sign up for Anice's yoga class or view the schedule of virtual and in-person classes, visit aileyextension.com.

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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!