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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater



Biography

Robert Battle, Artistic Director    
Bennett Rink, Executive Director                                                           
Masazumi Chaya, Associate Artistic Director

One of the world’s favorite dance companies, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. What makes this phenomenal company so special is the talent and skill of its dancers—and the incomparable sense of joy, freedom, and spirit they share with audiences around the world. Discover for yourself what tens of millions of fans already know—you do not just see an Ailey performance, you feel it.
Artistic Director Robert Battle, “who understands the limits of a company's past, even if that past is still popular beyond belief” (Time Out Chicago), is continuing Alvin Ailey’s tradition of presenting new works from leading American and international choreographers, in addition to company favorites.

Watch Past Performances

Video 2/10/2018: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Class

One of America’s favorite dance companies offers a special workshop on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage! Learn choreography from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s most iconic work, Revelations, taught by an Ailey Master Teacher.

Video 2/6/2016: Target Family Night: Revelations Workshop with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Target Family Night: Learn choreography from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s most iconic work, Revelations. Master Teacher for Arts in Education and former dancer with the Alvin Ailey company, Nasha Thomas, teaches excerpts from the sections “I've Been 'Buked,” “Wade in the Water,” and “Rocka My Soul.” This is a beginner level class.

This class will not be broadcast.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater