In celebration of Black History Month Ailey Extension is encouraging dancers of all experience levels to celebrate Alvin Ailey’s lasting contribution to the performing arts and the global influence of Black choreographers and artists on Broadway.
On Monday, February 19 at 6:30pm a Celebrating Black History on Broadway: Camille A. Brown workshop will honor the prolific Black choreographer whose work taps into both ancestral and contemporary stories to capture a range of deeply personal experiences and cultural narratives of African American identity. Participants will learn steps from her most recent work Hell’s Kitchen, as well her acclaimed choreography from Fire Shut Up in My Bones, followed by a Q&A with Ms. Brown. Dancers can dive into the exciting world of Disney on Broadway during Celebrating Black History on Broadway: The Lion King on Monday, February 26 at 6:30pm! Led by expert Disney Teaching Artists, this workshop allows participants to explore the magic of Disney on Broadway and celebrate Black joy.
Ailey Experience Tour 2024 has kicked off, providing dancers ages 11 and up the opportunity to study with leading Ailey instructors and former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater company members without having to travel to NYC. Students will learn the rich history of Ailey’s signature style and how he changed the perception of American dance, while also training in a variety of techniques such as contemporary and Horton – the signature technique seen in many of Mr. Ailey’s works. This month Director of Ailey Extension Lisa Johnson-Willingham is taking a team of elite NYC instructors to Dallas, Atlanta, and Washington DC, before continuing to more US cities throughout March. Participants who attend both sessions in their city qualify to win a scholarship to attend Ailey Experience NYC from August 5-9 at Ailey’s home at The Joan Weill Center for Dance – New York’s largest building dedicated to dance.
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