Dance

Alvin Ailey, Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder Among Medal Of Freedom Honorees
By November 19, 2014 Read More →

Alvin Ailey, Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder Among Medal Of Freedom Honorees

The Obama Administration has announced this year’s recipients of the Medal Of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor, in an official statement today.

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Alvin Ailey raises $40 million in current campaign
By November 15, 2014 Read More →

Alvin Ailey raises $40 million in current campaign

The Board of Trustees of Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation and Executive Director Bennett Rink today announced that more than $40 million has been raised to date to cap the tremendous legacy of retiring Chairman of the Board Joan H. Weill.

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Cuban Ballet Defectors Appear in Miami, Seek US Careers
By June 11, 2014 Read More →

Cuban Ballet Defectors Appear in Miami, Seek US Careers

MIAMI — Six dancers who defected over the weekend from the famed National Ballet of Cuba appeared in Miami on Tuesday and said they planned to pursue careers in the United States. “The dancers defected because they need personal freedom and opportunity in their career,” said Pedro Pablo PeIna, founder of the Cuban Classical Ballet […]

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Alvin Ailey dance troupe embraces its new image
By February 26, 2014 Read More →

Alvin Ailey dance troupe embraces its new image

For some reaching the 50-year milestone means putting the agenda on cruise control, resting on one’s laurels and preparing for entrance into the fall and winter seasons of life. But for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company, under the leadership of third-year Artistic Director Robert Battle, five-plus decades of dance means pushing the button and expanding a highly-celebrated repertoire.

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A Rhythmic Force: Meet Dancer & Choreographer Fernando Anuang’a
By February 2, 2014 Read More →

A Rhythmic Force: Meet Dancer & Choreographer Fernando Anuang’a

Fernando Anuang’a is part of a new generation of Kenyan contemporary choreographers evolving international interest in African dance and culture. During the course of his 20 year dance career, Anuang’a, a Maasai dancer from Kenya has created some of the most progressive, influential and powerful African choreography.

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Bolshoi dancer Dmitrichenko on trial over acid attack
By October 22, 2013 Read More →

Bolshoi dancer Dmitrichenko on trial over acid attack

The trial of Bolshoi ballet dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko over an acid attack on the company’s artistic director has opened and been adjourned. Sulphuric acid was thrown at Sergei Filin outside his Moscow flat in January, badly damaging his eyesight. Mr Dmitrichenko denies arranging the attack. If convicted, he could face 12 years in jail. Two […]

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Ed Mock
By August 8, 2013 Read More →

Ed Mock

He Moved Gently But Swiftly Down The Not Too Crowded Street: Ed Mock and Other True Tales In A City That Once Was (A 5-Hour Traveling Dance-Theater-Performance To Conjure A legacy)   By William H. Jones Ed Mock (1938–1986): Black gay jazz dancer and choreographer; founded Ed Mock Dance Studio(1974), West Coast Dance Company (1974-1979), […]

Former Lion King star launches program for Harlem youth
By May 18, 2013 Read More →

Former Lion King star launches program for Harlem youth

    Aubrey Lynch II uses art as a way of developing deeper life lessons By D. Kevin McNeir mcneirdk@gmail.com   For over a decade, dancer and choreographer Aubrey Lynch II starred as one of the original cast members of the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit musical, The Lion King. But more than the affirmation he […]

This Is Ailey II In Springtime
By March 15, 2013 Read More →

This Is Ailey II In Springtime

The Ailey II company of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater opened their 2013 New York season on Wednesday night, beginning the tenure of choreographer Troy Powell’s tenure as Artistic Director. By Nathan James Ailey II, which “merges the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision […]

Ailey II Springs Forward
By March 11, 2013 Read More →

Ailey II Springs Forward

Ailey II Begins 2013 Season Under Artistic Director Troy Powell By Nathan James As New York City gently transitions from winter to spring, change is also in the air at the famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Midtown Manhattan. The Ailey II dance company is about to usher in its 2013 season, under the […]