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 Celebrates NYC Dance Week June 9-18 With Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Return To Lincoln Center, Free Ailey Extension 'Dance In Times Square' Workshops, And Ailey All Access Virtual Offerings

New York – June 9, 2022 – Ailey is celebrating NYC Dance Week from June 9-18 with an assortment of in-person and virtual performances and free dance workshops. Throughout this joyous, dance-filled week New Yorkers of all backgrounds are welcomed to witness dynamic performances by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s acclaimed dancers at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, enjoy a virtual broadcast from the comfort of wherever they are, and take part in free Ailey Extension workshops either outdoors in the heart of Times Square or by joining in virtually.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Returns To Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater After Three-Year Absence From June 15-19

New York – June 2, 2022 – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies, returns to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts after a three-year absence for a six-performance engagement at the David H. Koch Theater June 15-19 that caps a decade of Artistic Director Robert Battle’s leadership. In addition to diverse programs featuring world premiere of Ailey Resident Choreographer Jamar Roberts’ In a Sentimental Mood and company premiere of Paul Taylor’s DUET, the season includes The Ailey Spirit Gala Benefit with Honorary Chair Grammy® Emmy® and Tony® Award-winning actress, singer and producer Cynthia Erivo; and An Evening Celebrating Jacqueline Green. Additional highlight includes free Ailey Extension “Dance in Times Square” outdoor workshop series hosted on Fridays at 5pm now through NYC Dance Week.

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.

Featured Press Coverage

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Well + Good - There Are 3 Kinds Of Hip Flexibility, And This Yoga Flow Hits Them All To Reduce Physical *And* Emotional Tension

Yoga teachers are fond of saying that the hips hold a lot of pent-up emotions—and right about now, you may be more in your feelings than usual. While stretching your body can't solve all the world's problems, it can help you squeeze in a little self care when times are tough. So on this week's episode of Trainer of the Month, yoga instructor and Mirror trainer Pilin Anice leads you through a flow to help you get deep into your hips from every angle.

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Well + Good - Lunge Pose Is The Ultimate Lower Body Strengthener—As Long As You Avoid These 3 Common Mistakes

There are a few poses—or "asanas"—that you just can't yoga without. There's child's pose, cat-cow, and (of course) downward dog, but lunges are also an essential part of any yoga practice. On this week's episode of The Right Way, yoga instructor and MIRROR trainer Pilin Anice shows you how to do a high lunge pose (or "ashta chandrasana," meaning crescent high lunge pose) the right way, so your yoga foundation can be on point.