Ailey Extension kicks off in 2022 with Founder’s Celebration, new weekly classes and a cardio dance workshop
Ailey Extension is helping people around the world kick off their 2022 resolutions with new workshops and weekly classes to help make movement part of a fun and healthy lifestyle.
Throughout the month of January, students of all ages and experience levels will have the chance to explore new styles of dance and start their fitness goals by moving with New York’s elite instructors. The updated weekly schedule offers dancers aged 16 and over many new opportunities to join in the dance either in the studio at the Joan Weill Center for Dance – New York’s largest building dedicated to dance – or virtually. from anywhere. Kids ages 5-11 and teens / tweens ages 12-17 can also move with Ailey during the Sunday Dance Series for Kids and Teens.
First, Ailey fans around the world are encouraged to celebrate Founder’s Alvin Ailey’s birthday on Saturday, January 8 at 2 p.m. ET with Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison and Associate Artistic Director Matthew Rushing at a online workshop celebrating Alvin Ailey. This virtual experience comes just days after what would have been Mr. Ailey’s 91st birthday, and offers dancers the opportunity to explore his choreographic genius while learning firsthand from one of the most influential dance figures of the end of the 20th century. Fans can also find out more about Alvin Ailey when AILEY, director Jamila Wignot’s resounding documentary about legendary choreographer, opens the 36th season of PBS American Masters with a nationwide premiere on Tuesday, January 11 at 9 p.m. (check local listings, pbs .org / ailey and the PBS Video app). The film traces the outlines of this brilliant and enigmatic man whose search for truth in movement has resulted in an enduring choreography that focuses on the experience of black Americans with unmistakable grace and power.
Everyone is invited to kick off their fitness-focused resolutions at a FREE online hip-hop cardio workshop with Matthew Johnson-Harris on Sunday, Jan.23 at 2 p.m. ET. This cardio dance experience will make students sweat and tone up as they switch between dynamic and slow controlled movements infused with hip-hop swag. Students can join the weekly Hip-Hop Cardio class in the studio or online every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. ET to make this class part of their regular workout routine.
Masala Bhangra with Sarina Jain returns to the studios this month, helping dancers achieve their fitness goals by combining traditional Bhangra steps with Bollywood moves for a high-energy total body workout every Saturday at 10:30 am ET. Cardio dance enthusiasts will also enjoy moving to Latin and international rhythms in the studio or online during Zumba with Richard Martinez Saturdays at 11:30 am ET and Mondays at 6:30 pm ET; in the studio or online with Jose Ozuna on Sundays at 9:30 am ET; or online with Karen Arceneaux Mondays at 12:30 p.m. ET. Anyone looking for an effective but low impact workout can stretch and tone the body during restorative stretches online with Sarita Allen Mondays at 10 a.m. ET, work on functional flexibility during online Vinyasa yoga with Pilin Anice Tuesdays at 9 a.m. ET, focus on strength and flexibility during Pilates Evolution with Sarita Allen in the studio or online Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. ET, or combine these techniques during Yoga-Lattes Online with Olivia Bowman-Jackson Sundays at 11 a.m. ET .
In addition to the variety of fitness-focused classes, Ailey Extension’s updated weekly adult class schedule provides even more opportunities for students to explore different dance techniques. Students aged 16 and over can explore contemporary in the studio with Christopher Jackson on Tuesdays at 6:45 p.m. ET, practice Ailey’s Horton technique online with Karen Arceneaux on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. ET, learn hip-hop with Yancy Greene in the studio or online Thursdays at 7 p.m. ET, check out the latest African street dances at Afro’Dance with Angel Kaba in the studio or online every Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET, and work on their skills in ballet in Absolute Beginner Ballet with Ronald Alexander in studio on Fridays at 6 p.m. ET or Advanced Beginner Ballet with Noriko Hara in studio on Saturdays at 3 p.m. ET.
Teens and tweens will also be able to dance with their peers during the winter / spring session of the Sunday Dance Series for Children and Teens which runs from January 9 to May 1. Students aged 12 to 17 can explore the styles of ballet, contemporary and hip-hop in a frank judgment-zone with a small group of their peers. Hip-hop and ballet lessons for young children ages 5-7 and 8-11 will remain online, allowing Ailey’s younger dancers to have fun wherever they are. Students are encouraged to register for the full 12 week session or participate in one of the weekly classes.
As Ailey opens its doors to the public, the health and well-being of all dancers, students, instructors and staff remains a top priority. An Ailey Forward re-entry plan to safely accommodate dancers, instructors and staff at the Joan Weill Center for Dance has been developed and continues to be updated taking into account all government and regulatory guidelines as well as information health professionals. All visitors to the building – including students, instructors, and staff – will be required to show full proof of vaccination, take their temperature on arrival, and wear masks inside. Students are encouraged to visit alvinailey.org/extension/covidsafety for the most recent information regarding COVID-19 security protocols.
With over 40 weekly classes and special workshops each month, Ailey Extension allows students around the world to explore different styles of dance seven days a week. For more details on Ailey Extension’s variety of in-person, virtual and hybrid class options – which include Hip-Hop, Ballet, Horton, West Africa, Zumba, Samba, Yoga, Contemporary, Pilates, Broadway Jazz and more – please visit alvinailey .org / extension.