Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is an African American modern dance company that is the equal of the world’s leading ballet companies. It is the dance company that popularized modern dance around the world. Really.
The Company is in residence at New York City Center.
Ailey Studios is one of New York’s leading dance schools. You can study many forms of dance at professional, amateur, and social levels. Ailey Citigroup Theater is a dance theater at Ailey Studios.
In African and Diaspora tradition, dance is how we pray. The Company has a spiritual dimension from the experience of being African American. 🇺🇸
It’s also a home for many great Afro-Latin dancers.
Every Ailey performance is a revelation.
Alvin Ailey Performances
NEW YORK CITY CENTER, Midtown, Manhattan
STREAMING, November 1, 2023 ~ See some of the world’s most famous dancers, in the world’s most famous ballet companies, backstage at some of the world’s most famous theaters.
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November 30 – December 24, 2022
NEW YORK CITY CENTER
Alvin Ailey News
African American Modern Dance
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrates its 65th Season with World Premieres of Amy Hall Garner’s “Century” and Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish’s “Me, Myself and You” (a City Center commission), plus new productions of Ronald K. Brown’s “Dancing Spirit” (2009), Alonzo King’s “Following the Subtle Current Upstream” (2000), Jamar Roberts’ “Ode” (2019), Hans van Manen’s “Solo” (1997) and Ailey classics. It’s at New York City Center for five weeks from November 29 to December 31, 2023, with an opening night Gala. From $32. nycitycenter.org 🇺🇸
Art of an African American Modern Dancer
“Edges of Ailey,” the first large-scale museum exhibition about the life, work, and legacy of Alvin Ailey, founder of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; is at the Whitney Museum of American Art in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District; from September 25, 2024 through February 2025. whitney.org 🇺🇸
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Alvin Ailey dances a Winter season in residence at New York City Center in Midtown, and a Summer season at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center.
They also perform in the BAAND Together dance festival of New York City’s leading dance companies at Lincoln Center.
About Alvin Ailey
Alvin Ailey Jr. was born in Rogers, Texas in 1931. founded in 1958 by Alvin Ailey and first performed at the 92nd Street Y. As an American ambassador for the U.S. State Department, AAADT popularized modern dance around the world.
Ballet is considered the pinnacle and science of dance. Ailey dances at the highest level in every dimension. It is the equal of New York City’s world-class ballet companies, just in modern dance.
There is something deeply spiritual about Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater that we haven’t seen in any other dance company.
Alvin Ailey’s “Revelations” (1960) is the Company’s signature masterpiece. It’s a reflection of Ailey’s childhood memories of attending Mount Olive Baptist Church near Fort Worth, Texas. The piece eloquently expresses that life is a mix of joy and pain, but always tempered with HOPE.
Artistic Director Robert Battle stepped down in 2023. Jamar Roberts is resident choreographer.
Ailey usually has great Latin dancers. Some become stars of their generation and mentors of the next. “Each one, teach one.”