Tag: alvin ailey american dance theater

What Makes Ailey's ​Revelations So Special to So Many (And Where to See It This Week)

If you’ve seen Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece, Revelations, you know why it’s so popular—it’s a powerful piece of dance that reflects African-American heritage and culture and takes the viewer on an emotional journey, from sorrow to elation to hope. (That Ailey choreographed this piece when he was only 29 years old makes it that much more […]

Former Stars of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Head a School in St. Louis

When Antonio and Kirven Douthit-Boyd took their final bows with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) in August 2015, they knew exactly what their next step would be. Within two weeks they moved to St. Louis, Missouri, Antonio’s hometown, to become co-artistic directors of the dance program at Center of Creative Arts (COCA), the […]

Ailey II Makes NYU Skirball Center Debut

Ailey II will make its NYU Skirball Center debut March 29–April 2. The program will include two programs of premieres and returning favorites from established and up-and-coming choreographers, including Leila Da Rocha, Jean Emile, Jae Man Joo, Ray Mercer, Bridget L. Moore, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater member Jamar Roberts and former Ailey dancer Marcus […]

Hip Hop for Boston Dancers

The Boston Conservatory announces its first-ever full-time hip-hop faculty member. Duane Lee Holland Jr. currently serves as visiting assistant professor at his alma mater University of Iowa. He joins Boston Conservatory’s dance division this fall, to teach the primarily classically trained conservatory students full-time and offer electives to students of Berklee College of Music (which […]

Alvin Ailey’s Tribute to Black Women Everywhere

In our July issue’s History: Lesson Plan, we learn about Alvin Ailey, who founded what would become one of the world’s most famous modern dance companies. From its earliest days, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performed dances that reflected the African-American cultural experience to concert dance audiences. Jacqueline Green in Alvin Ailey’s Cry Check out […]

What My Teacher Taught Me: Jamar Roberts

When Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Jamar Roberts was in high school, he learned to pick up choreography quickly from his teacher Angel Fraser-Logan at the Dance Empire of Miami. “Being in class with her made me a really observant dancer. She had a definitive style. Everything was extremely dynamic and expressive. Her class had […]

What My Teacher Taught Me: Matthew Rushing

Rushing in Aszure Barton’s LIFT When Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Matthew Rushing was a teenager, dance teacher Kashmir Blake taught him how intensive research could influence his character development. “We did one performance called ‘Dance Against Drugs’ about drug rehabilitation. In order to get us more connected to what drug addicts go through, Kashmir […]

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