Take your pick, as Ailey moves to New York! Ends at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem! – Harlem World Magazine
Embracing people throughout its hometown, the Ailey organization presents Ailey is moving to New York!a summer celebration with free events from Harlem to Hollis, July 23-August 1, 2022.
Offers include shows, dance lessons, Revelations workshops and screenings of Jamila Wignot’s acclaimed documentary in 2021 Ailey.
Ailey is moving to New York! kicks off Saturday, July 23, in partnership with Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage with a West African Family Dance Workshop, followed by a free performance by Ailey at the Coney Island Boardwalk Amphitheater.
Other venues throughout the ten-day festival include the Gil Heron Amphitheater in the Bronx; Far Rockaway Beach in Queens; the Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island; and Times Square, Bryant Park and Little Island (Pier 55) in Manhattan.
Ailey is moving to New York! ends in Harlem at Marcus Garvey Park on Monday, August 1 at 8 p.m., with a screening of the powerful documentary by Jamila Wignot Ailey. Screenings of the film during Ailey is moving to New York! are presented in collaboration with Rooftop Films.
Programming highlights include:
- Ailey Arts In Education West African Family Dance Workshop with Live Drumming—Coney Island Boardwalk, Saturday, July 23, 3:00 p.m.
- Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Performance featuring Mr. Ailey’s American masterpiece Revelations and acclaimed hip-hop innovator Rennie Harris Lazarus—Coney Island Amphitheater SummerStage, Saturday July 23, 7:00 p.m.
- Ailey Arts In Education Active Aging Workshop with former Ailey Society member Amos Machanic and Rachel Watson-Jih—Hansborough Recreation Center, Monday, July 25, 11:00 a.m.
- Ailey Extension NY Style Mambo Class with Katherine Jimenez—Times Square Alliance, Tuesday, July 26, 2 p.m.
- Ailey Extension Broadway Jazz Lessons with Judine Somerville—Times Square Alliance, Wednesday, July 27, 2 p.m.
- Ailey II Performance with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater soloist—Bryant Park Picnic Performances, Thursday, July 28, 7:00 p.m.
- Ailey Arts In Education Revelations Workshop LEDs by former Ailey company members Renée Robinson and Amos Machanic, plus West African Workshop with Fatima Logan-Alston—Little Island, Friday, July 29, 3:00 p.m.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, America’s cultural ambassador to the world, has grown from a now-legendary performance in 1958 to 92n/a St Y in New York by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers who forever changed the perception of American dance. Today, under the direction of Artistic Director Robert Battle, the Company continues Mr. Ailey’s mission by presenting important works from the past and commissioning new ones. In total, more than 235 works by more than 90 choreographers have been part of the Company’s repertoire.
The Ailey Company has gone to play approximately 25 million people in 48 states and 71 countries on 6 continents, plus millions more through television shows, film screenings (Ailey documentary available on Hulu and PBS Passport) and online platforms (Ailey All Access and more), Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater continues to inspire and unite people of all backgrounds around the world. Before his untimely death in 1989, Alvin Ailey appointed Judith Jamison as his successor, and over the next 21 years she led the company to unprecedented success. Ms. Jamison, in turn, personally chose Robert Battle to succeed her in 2011, and The New York Times said he “brought new life into the business”.
Ailey II (1974) is the second company of young emerging dancers, universally recognized for fusing the spirit and energy of the country’s finest young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of the most outstanding emerging choreographers in today. Under the vision of Artistic Director Francesca Harper, Ailey II will continue to expand the bridge between the classroom and the stage that Alvin Ailey created to constantly propel each new generation of artists forward.
Ailey Arts In Education & CommunityPrograms (1992) brings dance into the classrooms, communities and lives of 100,000 young people each year, helping them reach their full potential through virtual or in-person residencies and programs like AileyCamp, a one-time summer day camp program for at-risk children in nine cities across the United States; and AileyDance for Active Aging, a program that brings the joy of dance to adults in community centers, residences, and residential- services.
This summer as part of Ailey Moves NYC!, Ailey Arts In Education is offering free workshops in all five boroughs that bring communities together, including: West African, Latin and Hip-Hop workshops for the whole family; workshops on active aging for adults aged 50 and over; and Revelations workshops that welcome all ages to learn excerpts from Alvin Ailey’s iconic Revelations. All workshops provide attendees with a souvenir fan, a signature accessory seen in Ailey’s Revelations.
· Ailey Extension (2005) fulfills Mr. Ailey’s lifelong commitment to bringing dance to everyone by offering “real classes for real people”. With nearly 40 weekly classes and special workshops each month, Ailey Extension invites students around the world to explore different dance styles seven days a week. Ailey Extension currently offers a variety of in-person, virtual and hybrid class options in techniques such as Hip Hop, Ballet, Horton, West African, Zumba®, Contemporary, Pilates, Broadway Jazz, etc.
Visit www.alvinailey.org/extension for the latest schedule.
The Ailey Organization
In keeping with choreographer Alvin Ailey’s groundbreaking saying that “dance is for everyone”, the Ailey organization offers dance performances, training and education programs, and community programs that utilize the tradition of modern dance American culture and the beauty of African American heritage and other cultures to enlighten, unite and inspire everyone.
Ailey’s permanent residence—the largest building dedicated to dance in New York City, the dance capital of the world—named The Joan Weill Center for Dance, is located at 55th Street on 9th Avenue in New York City.
In keeping with choreographer Alvin Ailey’s groundbreaking saying that “dance is for everyone”, the Ailey organization offers dance performances, training and education programs, and community programs that utilize the tradition of modern dance American culture and the beauty of African American heritage and other cultures to enlighten, unite and inspire everyone. Ailey’s permanent residence—the largest building dedicated to dance in New York City, the dance capital of the world—named The Joan Weill Center for Dance, is located at 55th Street on 9th Avenue in New York City.
For more information, visit www.alvinailey.org.
Photo Credit: Renee Robinson leading the Reveal Celebration Workshop at Bryant Park. Photo by Christopher Zunner.
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