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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Returns to Les Etés de la Danse

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater inspired audiences in Paris this summer and will continue to do so this fall worldwide. The new season is led by artistic director Robert Battle at the New York City Center November 28th to December 30th.

Welcomed with standing ovations, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returned to Paris and Les Etés de la Danse 8th International Dance Festival for the third time with an array of 15 works and 32 performances from June 25th to July 21st. Standing-room-only audiences are clamoring to see the first international presentation of Artistic Director Robert Battle’s inaugural season with acclaimed world and company premieres of hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris’ soul-lifting Home and Ohad Naharin’s unique and innovative Minus 16, which is bringing Parisians not only to their feet - but also to the stage for a once-in-a-lifetime experience with Ailey’s extraordinary dancers.

The four-week engagement supported by Bank of America Merrill Lynch also includes weekly moderated performances tailored to students and a recent master class led by Ailey dancers Hope Boykin and Yannick Lebrun at Ecole Miroir, a dynamic performing arts school in the underserved Paris suburb of Epinay-sur-Seine, coordinated by the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Embassy in Paris.

Recognized by U.S. Congress as a vital “American Cultural Ambassador to the World,” Ailey’s 2012 international performances will continue this fall in Geneva, Switzerland; Barcelona, Spain; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s inspiring artistry will return to New York City Center for their annual holiday engagement from November 28th through December 30th with a new season to be announced by Robert Battle. In addition to premieres and new productions adding dynamic choreographic voices to the repertory and showcasing the versatility of Ailey’s renowned artists, programs will include encore performances of new works from the current season, as well as a variety of repertory favorites and classic Ailey works.

Troy Powell Becomes Artistic Director of Ailey II

July 1st, Troy Powell became only the second person in almost 40 years to lead the renowned Second Company of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II. Powell has had a unique rise to his current position as Artistic Director. His journey began at age 9 when Alvin Ailey selected him to receive a scholarship to The Ailey School. Over the years he grew from student to Ailey II company member and later, a star in Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for ten years. Afterwards, he became a choreographer and Associate Artistic Director of Ailey II working under the tutelage of Sylvia Waters for ten years. Last summer, the legendary Waters chose him to succeed her as Ailey II's new artistic director. Join us in welcoming Mr. Powell to his new position by reading more about his personal story on The Ailey Blog. In the fall, Ailey II will kick off a 25-city world tour, visiting domestic locales such as Boulder, CO; Columbus, OH and Elon, NC. Stops on the international portion of their tour will include over a half a dozen cities in France and Germany.

Dancers and Teachers Take Center Stage with Summer Workshops at The Ailey Extension

The Ailey Extension is offering the ultimate New York dance experience with unique summer workshops for instructors and dancers of all levels and ages. This month, the Horton Pedagogy Workshop (Session 2: July 16-20), designed for new or experienced dance instructors, will provide an in-depth review of the Horton technique. Explore the range and depth of this uniquely American modern dance technique under master teacher and scholar of the Horton vocabulary, Ana Marie Forsythe! From August 6-17, renowned Ballet instructor Fabrice Herrault will return to The Ailey Extension to present his acclaimed two-week Ballet Intensive (ages 10-19). Fabrice will be joined by guest teachers Karin Averty (Paris Opera Ballet), Paloma Herrera (American Ballet Theatre), and Sofiane Sylve (San Francisco Ballet).


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