AILEY ON THE MOVE
This e-mail tip sheet contains exciting news and information about Alvin Ailey
American Dance Theater (AAADT), Ailey II, The Ailey School, Ailey Arts In Education
and Community Programs and The Ailey Extension.
IN THIS ISSUE:
- AAADT TO WORK WITH NEW CHOREOGRAPHERS AND DANCE LEGENDS FOR ITS 2006 NEW YORK CITY
- TAKE CLASS WITH MEMBERS OF ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
- AILEY II REHEARSES FOR AN EXCITING NEW SEASON
- THE MOST TALENTED STUDENTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD SIZZLE IN FINAL PERFORMANCES
- AILEYCAMPS ACROSS THE COUNTRY CELEBRATE A SUCCESSFUL SUMMER
- NEW! CHOREOGRAPH A FUN-FILLED BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH AILEY
- AILEY DANCERS' RESOURCE FUND PRESENTS: INSPIRED BY...
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Fortunato, at (212) 405-9079 or email@example.com
AAADT TO WORK WITH NEW CHOREOGRAPHERS AND DANCE LEGENDS FOR ITS 2006 NEW YORK CITY
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns home this month after its successful
Paris engagement at the Les étés de la danse de Paris. The Company's engagement was
extended after the first three weeks due to the overwhelming response received from
The Company will spend the month of August rehearsing two highly anticipated ballets
for the 2006 New York City Center Season (Nov. 29-Dec. 31). Tony Award-winner Twyla
Tharp's The Golden Section from Tharp's full-length ballet The Catherine Wheel will
be set on the Company, and former Ailey Company member Uri Sands, named one of Dance
Magazine's "25 To Watch," will be choreographing a new work for the Company.
The Company will also work with Carmen de Lavallade on a restaging of John Butler's
Portrait of Billie, in which she originally danced the lead role of Billie Holiday.
After this rehearsal period, the Company will continue its international tour in
Copenhagen, Denmark; Parma and Milan, Italy and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
For more information about AAADT's upcoming New York City Center season and
international tour, visit www.alvinailey.org
TAKE CLASS WITH MEMBERS OF ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
Straight from AAADT's triumphant engagement in Paris, France, company members Hope
Boykin and Renee Robinson will head to The Ailey Extension this August to teach the
(beginner) Intro Horton class. Ms. Boykin will teach on Mondays and Ms. Robinson on
Wednesdays. Both classes are 7-8:15pm. On Fridays, the class will be taught by
former Ailey II member and current Ballet Hispanico member James Pierce.
Alvin Ailey used the Horton technique as the basis for much of his work, including
his masterpiece Revelations, having been greatly influenced by Lester Horton as a
teenager. Extension students will have this unique opportunity to learn this
groundbreaking technique from the acclaimed AAADT dancers who perform it nightly.
The Ailey Extension offers classes to the general public to complement Alvin Ailey's
life-long commitment to bringing dance to all people. Over 5,000 people have taken
class since the program began in April 2005.
AILEY II REHEARSES FOR AN EXCITING NEW SEASON
Ailey II began rehearsals for its upcoming 2006-2007 North American tour on July 24.
In addition to the company's U.S. engagements, the company will also travel
extensively throughout Canada in February and March.
This tour's repertory will include premieres by Jessica Lang, Abdel Salaam and
Darrell Moultrie, who previously treated Ailey II audiences to his jazzy Aspects of
a Vibe in 2001.
The company's season begins in August with its annual engagements at Paul Smith's
College in Lake Placid, NY and at the Belleayre Music Festival in Hunter, NY before
heading on a special visit to the British Virgin Islands over Labor Day weekend.
Artistic Director Sylvia Waters, Associate Artistic Director Troy Powell and four
dancers will travel to island schools and meet with government officials in a
four-day program from September 6 to 10. The invitation was extended on behalf of
the BVI Ministry of Education and Culture and Mr. Donald Ashley CEO & President of
Grishko and his wife.
THE MOST TALENTED STUDENTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD SIZZLE IN FINAL PERFORMANCES
The most talented students from around the world will perform in The Ailey Citigroup
Theater on Thursday, August 10 and Friday, August 11 as part of The Ailey School
Summer Intensive Program's annual Summer Sizzler final concert. There will be a
4:30pm and 7:30pm performance on each day.
Students will perform pieces choreographed by this year's guest choreographers
Cornelius Carter, director of the dance department at University of Alabama; Troy
Powell, a former member of AAADT and current Associate Artistic Director of Ailey
II; Thaddeus Davis, a former member of Complexions and Dance Theatre of Harlem; and
Carl Paris, a former member of AAADT and the Martha Graham Dance Company.
The Summer Intensive is structured to advance the technical skills of students in a
wide variety of techniques. Students take 12-15 technique classes weekly, including
daily classes in ballet, Horton and/or Graham-based modern and additional classes in
jazz, Dunham technique, Hip-Hop and tap.
AILEYCAMPS ACROSS THE COUNTRY CELEBRATE A SUCCESSFUL SUMMER
Ailey's Arts In Education & Community Programs summer camp initiative, AileyCamp,
will celebrate another successful year of transforming the lives of youth nationwide
this month with the final performances of several camps around the country.
"Before I came here, I didn't express myself. I was shy," says 12-year-old New York
CAS AileyCamper Velma Solomon. "When I'm on stage, I feel like a superstar."
The Berkeley/Oakland, CA AileyCampers will have their final performance on Thursday,
August 3. The Bridgeport, CT; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; and New York AileyCampers
will perform their final pieces on Thursday, August 10. The New York CAS/AileyCamp
final performance will start at 7pm at Columbia University's Miller Theatre. Media
is invited to attend. Please respond to this e-mail to reserve a seat.
NEW! CHOREOGRAPH A FUN-FILLED BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH AILEY
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater now offers birthday parties as part of its Ailey
Dance professionals at Ailey plan your child's birthday party, choosing from a wide
variety of dance themes such as Creative Movement, Music Video/Hip Hop, and Prince &
Princess Ball. Live music accompaniment is available.
Parties can be planned for children two to eight years old on Sundays from 12:30-2pm
or 3:30-5pm. All parties include a dance instructor, party coordinator,
invitations, pizza, beverages, cake, balloons, paper goods and gift bags.
For pricing and reservations, call Monique Alleyne at 212-405-9018 or write
AILEY DANCERS' RESOURCE FUND PRESENTS: INSPIRED BY...
For one weekend only, fans will have the opportunity to see the Ailey dancers in an
up-close and intimate setting when the Ailey Dancers' Resource Fund [ADRF] presents
Inspired By..., a performance of new dance works choreographed and performed by
current and former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater [AAADT] company members.
Performances are Friday, August 25 and Saturday, August 26 at 8pm in The Ailey
Citigroup Theater at the home of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Joan Weill
Center for Dance, 405 West 55th Street (at Ninth Avenue). General admission for
Friday and Saturday is $25. Guests are invited to attend a reception following the
Saturday evening performance.
Inspired By... will feature new works choreographed by current AAADT company members
Hope Boykin, Vernard J. Gilmore, Abdur-Rahim Jackson, Matthew Rushing, Dwana Adiaha
Smallwood and former company members Christopher Huggins and Dion Wilson.
The performances will benefit the ADRF, which provides Ailey dancers financial
assistance to help pay for further education, training or other artistic endeavors
at the end of his/her performing career.
For further information or to inquire about covering any of these events, contact:
Tyrha M. Lindsey, Associate Director of Public Relations: (212) 405-9076,
Megan Fortunato, Public Relations Specialist: (212) 405-9079, firstname.lastname@example.org
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