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Photo Flash: First Look at Ailey Young Patrons Circle!

Last night marked another first for Ailey, the launch of Ailey's Young Patrons Circle - a dynamic group of influencers ages 21 to 39 who are excited about being closely involved year-round with this world-class Company, while supporting Ailey's programs and new Artistic Director Robert Battle's vision.

In the Penthouse of The Standard, East Village, Robert Battle welcomed 100 guests including Steering Committee members Hannah Bronfman, Natalie Ginsberg, Sam Hamilton, Kara Hollis, Rachel Libeskind, Jay Lundy, Honor McGee, Jenny Obiaya and Baruch Shemtov.

Check out photos from the event below!

"I know how the arts can inspire, as my world was forever changed when I witnessed the artistry of Ailey as a young person," said Artistic Director Robert Battle. "The Young Patrons Circle will be at the forefront of inspiring the next generation of arts enthusiasts, while also giving them the opportunity to have an impact on Ailey's future."

Led by the Young Patrons Steering Committee, members will enjoy a behind-the-scenes view of Ailey, with exclusive benefits and special opportunities connected to performances and other activities at the Ailey Studios.

"Ailey is a celebrated cultural institution in New York and the nation, to which we feel a special connection," said Honor McGee, a Steering Committee member who spoke at the event. "Ailey also deserves a world-class Young Patrons Circle, and we look forward to making it happen during this extraordinary time for the organization."

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is currently performing for audiences across the country in 27 cities, welcoming a historic new era led by Artistic Director Robert Battle. For more information about joining with Ailey and the best and brightest of New York City's next generation of cultural philanthropists through the Ailey's Young Patrons Circle, visit alvinailey.org/youngpatrons.

Photo Credit:  Adriel Robah

Photo Flash: First Look at Ailey Young Patrons Circle!

Photo Flash: First Look at Ailey Young Patrons Circle!
Jay Lundy, Kara Hollis, Rachel Libeskind, Hannah Bronfman, Honor McGee, Sam Hamilton, Jenny Obiaya and Baruch Shemtov with Robert Battle

Photo Flash: First Look at Ailey Young Patrons Circle!
Sam Hamilton, Jenny Obiaya, and Jay Lundy

Photo Flash: First Look at Ailey Young Patrons Circle!
Robert Battle, Jay Lundy, and Baruch Shemtov

Photo Flash: First Look at Ailey Young Patrons Circle!
Robert Battle and Honor McGee

Photo Flash: First Look at Ailey Young Patrons Circle!
Rebecca Ney, Adriel Saporta, and Alessandra Gotbaum

Photo Flash: First Look at Ailey Young Patrons Circle!
Rachel Libeskind, Henry McGee, and Adriel Saporta

Photo Flash: First Look at Ailey Young Patrons Circle!
Rachel Libeskind

Photo Flash: First Look at Ailey Young Patrons Circle!
Nick Gruber

Photo Flash: First Look at Ailey Young Patrons Circle!
Lynda Erbs and Robert Battle

Photo Flash: First Look at Ailey Young Patrons Circle!
Kristina Roddy and Kara Hollis

Photo Flash: First Look at Ailey Young Patrons Circle!
Kara Hollis, Rachel Libeskind, and Jay Lundy

Photo Flash: First Look at Ailey Young Patrons Circle!
Kara Hollis

Photo Flash: First Look at Ailey Young Patrons Circle!
Jenny Obiaya, Bennett Rink, and Curtistine Walden Hoes

Photo Flash: First Look at Ailey Young Patrons Circle!
Jenny Obiaya and Honor McGee

Photo Flash: First Look at Ailey Young Patrons Circle!
Jay Lundy, Honor McGee, Jenny Obiaya and Hannah Bronfman

Photo Flash: First Look at Ailey Young Patrons Circle!
Jay Lundy

Photo Flash: First Look at Ailey Young Patrons Circle!
Jay Lundy and Honor McGee

Photo Flash: First Look at Ailey Young Patrons Circle!
Honor McGee, Hannah Bronfman, Robert Battle, and Sherry Bronfman

Photo Flash: First Look at Ailey Young Patrons Circle!
Honor McGee

Photo Flash: First Look at Ailey Young Patrons Circle!
Honor McGee and Kara Hollis

Photo Flash: First Look at Ailey Young Patrons Circle!
Honor McGee, Hannah Bronfman, and Robert Battle

Photo Flash: First Look at Ailey Young Patrons Circle!
Henry and Honor McGee

Photo Flash: First Look at Ailey Young Patrons Circle!
Hannah Bronfman

Photo Flash: First Look at Ailey Young Patrons Circle!
Emily Green and Erin Colman

Photo Flash: First Look at Ailey Young Patrons Circle!
Bennett Rink, Robert Battle and Henry McGee

Photo Flash: First Look at Ailey Young Patrons Circle!
Baruch Shemtov

Photo Flash: First Look at Ailey Young Patrons Circle!
Baruch Shemtov and Nick Gruber

Photo Flash: First Look at Ailey Young Patrons Circle!

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