When Lucy wanted to find a place in her Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood to send her two young and very active boys, she didn’t have to look very far. Her family lives next to Alvin Ailey, the famous dance school. At the time, she had no idea what a big impact weekly dance lessons would make on her sons’ lives, or how the culture and discipline of dance would shape them as teens who are now in high school. Here’s Lucy’s story.
The Ailey Athletic Boys Dance Program is a scholarship track within the Pre-Professional Program of the Junior Division for boys between the ages of 7-17 who exhibit a strong interest in dance. A primary goal of the program is to provide access to conservatory caliber training that will enable students to matriculate to the highest levels within Junior Division.
Classes are structured to develop strength, flexibility and coordination along with the discipline, focus and drive found in professional male athletes and dancers. Boys participate in a variety of classes each Saturday, including Ballet, Horton (a modern dance technique), West African, and Tap. Prior dance training is not required.