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 NEW YORK CITY CENTER SEASON: TICKETS ON SALE SEPTEMBER 5!
- JUDITH JAMISON TO HOST CONVERSATIONS WITH... AIMED TO INSPIRE AND
- AAADT TO VISIT SECOND HOME IN KANSAS CITY BEFORE HEADING TO EUROPE FOR
FALL TOUR DATES
- AILEY II TO HOLD SPECIAL RESIDENCY IN THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
- THE AILEY EXTENSION EXPANDS ITS ROSTER WITH MORE INTERNATIONAL FLAIR
- NEW! CREATE A FUN, DANCE INSPIRED BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH AILEY
- UPDATED CONTACT INFORMATION FOR ALVIN AILEY DANCE FOUNDATION'S PUBLIC
- DWANA ADIAHA SMALLWOOD: NEW YORK MOVES 2006 POWER WOMAN AND THE FACE
OF AAADT'S LATEST MARKETING CAMPAIGN
Scroll down for more information or contact Public Relations Specialist,
Megan Fortunato, at (212) 405-9079 or firstname.lastname@example.org
IN THIS ISSUE:
AAADT NEW YORK CITY CENTER SEASON: TICKETS ON SALE SEPTEMBER 5!
Tickets for AAADT's 2006 season at New York City Center, which runs
November 29 through December 31, are on sale today, Tuesday, September
5. Great seats are available in all sections of the house ranging from
$25.00 to $110.00. Discount tickets are available when purchasing
tickets for more than one performance, for the family matinee series,
students with an appropriate ID and groups of 10 or more. Tickets can
be purchased at the New York City Center Box Office, located on West
55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, through CityTix(r) at (212)
581-1212 or ordered online at www.alvinailey.org
<http://www.alvinailey.org/> or www.nycitycenter.org
The season opens with a gala celebration featuring the world premiere of
acclaimed choreographer Karole Armitage's newest work Gamelan Gardens,
with costumes designed by Donna Karan's top designer Peter Speliopoulos,
as well as Alvin Ailey's beloved classic, Revelations, performed to live
JUDITH JAMISON TO HOST CONVERSATIONS WITH... AIMED TO INSPIRE AND
Judith Jamison, Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater,
will host an intimate and engaging discussion entitled Conversations
With..., on Monday, September 11 at 1pm and 3pm. This free-flowing
exchange of thoughts and ideas about the arts will take place in The
Ailey Citigroup Theater at the Joan Weill Center for Dance. Ms.
Jamison's guest will be Dr. Richard A. Long, renowned dance historian,
author of several books including "The Black Tradition in American
Dance" and scholar of language and the arts. Seating is limited;
"I want the students of The Ailey School as well as students and fans of
the arts to come and feel free to listen, to ask questions, be heard,
learn something new and most importantly, have fun," states Judith
Jamison, who created the arts series to give students at The Ailey
School a historical context to their dance training, enabling them to
place themselves within Ailey history and the greater world of dance and
The public should respond to email@example.com
or call 212-405-9178
to reserve a seat and indicate which session they want to attend. Press
wishing to attend should contact Megan Fortunato at 212-405-9079. --
AAADT TO VISIT SECOND HOME IN KANSAS CITY BEFORE HEADING TO EUROPE FOR
FALL TOUR DATES
Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey (KCFAA), the official second home of
AAADT, welcomes the Company September 6 though 9 at The Carlsen Center
in Overland Park, KS. There will be a gala performance on the 9th.
Alvin Ailey found that the people of Kansas City believed in his vision
of a diverse community-united by dance-to inspire and change lives.
Through the relationships he formed there and great community support,
KCFAA was born.
After the Company's engagement in Kansas City, they will perform in
Copenhagen, Denmark at The Tivoli Concert Hall September 18-24 and then
in Antwerp, Belgium at Stadsschouwburg September 27-29.
AILEY II TO HOLD SPECIAL RESIDENCY IN THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
Ailey II's Artistic Director Sylvia Waters and Associate Artistic
Director Troy Powell, along with four company members, will visit the
British Virgin Islands September 6-10 in a workshop/demonstration tour
where they will travel to island schools and meet with government
officials during the four-day program. The invitation was extended on
behalf of the BVI Ministry of Education and Culture and Donald and Irene
Ashley, CEO and president of Grishko, respectively. Ailey II members
will be guests at the private estate Steele Point, one of the
Caribbean's most celebrated and unique private enclaves.
"Alvin always said that 'dance came from the people and it should always
be delivered back to the people,' says Artistic Director Sylvia Waters.
"We are very excited to work with the young BVI community, honoring
Alvin's commitment to use dance to bridge cultural, ethnic, and economic
The visit was arranged by British Virgin Islands government officials,
the Honorable Lloyd K. Black, Mrs. Josephine Callwood and Robert
Chalwell Jr., all of whom are committed to providing cultural exposure
and opportunities to the youth of this vibrant, diversely populated
North Eastern Caribbean island. "The performing arts are an untapped
realm for our young people. The discipline of dance, with its varied
modes for communication through movement, rhythm, sound, athleticism and
human grace is ideal to whet the artistic appetite of our community,"
states Mr. Black.
Ailey II and Grishko USA representatives will also be present at
official government receptions during their stay and will be available
to meet with the press by appointment.
THE AILEY EXTENSION EXPANDS ITS ROSTER WITH MORE INTERNATIONAL FLAIR
Starting this month The Ailey Extension will offer Middle Eastern Dance
on Fridays at 7:15pm and Afro Cuban Dance on Wednesdays at 6pm.
The popular Argentinean Tango course returns this month, taught by Dardo
Galetto and Karina Romero on Mondays at 7:30pm. The four class series
begins on September 11. There will be a Tango Practice Party after the
last class from 8:30-11pm that is free for everyone who purchased the
entire series. The full course costs $80.
Other returning favorites are Samba, offered on Wednesdays at 7:30pm,
Saturdays and now Sundays at 4pm; West African, offered Mondays and
Thursdays at 6:30pm and Saturdays at 12:35pm; and Afro Caribbean,
offered on Saturdays 1pm.
The Ailey Extension is committed to making a diverse array of dance and
fitness classes available to everyone. For more information on these
and other exciting Ailey Extension offerings, please call 212-405-9500
or visit www.alvinailey.org
NEW! CREATE A FUN, DANCE INSPIRED BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH AILEY
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater now offers birthday parties for
children two to eight years of age as part of its Ailey Extension
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
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
UPDATED CONTACT INFORMATION FOR ALVIN AILEY DANCE FOUNDATION'S PUBLIC
Tyrha M. Lindsey, Associate Director of Public Relations for Alvin Ailey
Dance Foundation, is no longer with the organization. All press
concerns should be directed to Megan Fortunato, Public Relations
Specialist at 212-405-9079 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or Jodi Krizer,
Director of Marketing and Public Relations at 212-405-9075 or
DWANA ADIAHA SMALLWOOD: NEW YORK MOVES 2006 POWER WOMAN AND THE FACE OF
AAADT'S LATEST MARKETING CAMPAIGN
"It's always good to remember where you came from," says AAADT dancer
Dwana Adiaha Smallwood. "That spirit, that raw energy is why I'm here.
Sometimes I go into rehearsal and I just want them to press 'play.' No
notes, no corrections, no talking - just press 'play'! Let's dance!
Born and raised in Brooklyn, in the heart of Bedford-Stuyvesant, the
dynamic Smallwood is a key player among the vibrant company dancers and
will be featured throughout the landscape of Manhattan on posters, buses
and subway stations and more this winter as part of AAADT's new
2006-2007 campaign promoting the company's annual New York City Center
In addition to representing AAADT as the face of the Company this
season, Smallwood was selected as one of New York Moves Power Women for
2006. New York Moves selects women who make New York City dynamic while
changing and improving lives within the field they work.
Before becoming an AAADT Company member in 1995, Smallwood trained at
the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, LaGuardia High School of
the Performing Arts, Jubilation Dance Company and as a fellowship
student at The Ailey School. She is a former member of the North
Carolina Black Repertory Company and a three-time first place winner of
the Apollo Theater's Amateur Night. She received first place in the
NAACP National ACT-SO Competition in Dance in 1990. Ms. Smallwood was
also a member of Ailey II.
This year at New York City Center, Smallwood takes center stage in a
number of roles, including both highly anticipated world premieres:
Karole Armitage's Gamelan Gardens and former Ailey Company member Uri
Sands's Existence Without Form. Smallwood's star continues to shine
brightly and her performances during the Company's New York City Center
season are not to be missed.
For further information or to inquire about covering any of these
Megan Fortunato, Public Relations Specialist: (212) 405-9079,
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