Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Spirit Gala Raises $1 Million
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's two-week spring engagement at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater kicked off in an exceptional way on Wednesday, June 11th with Revelations Celebration on the Plaza - a free grand dance workshop, where hundreds of people learned excerpts of Alvin Ailey's signature American masterpiece Revelations; followed by The Ailey Spirit Gala, a one-night-only benefit performance and party with Honorary Chair Vanessa Williams and sponsored by FedEx Corporation. The event's Co-Chairs were Gina F. Adams, Lynne & Anthony M. Carvette, Almaz & Marc Strachan, Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman & Rossie E. Turman III, and Pamela D. Zilly & John H. Schaefer. Gala Vice Chairs were Michele & Timothy Barakett, Natasha Leibel Levine, M.D. & Harlan Levine, M.D., Leslie & Tom Maheras, and Celia & Henry McGee. The evening helped raise over $1 million for Alvin Ailey's extensive educational programs for young people, including AileyCamp and scholarships to The Ailey School.
The inaugural Ailey Spirit Gala Benefit featured performances by all the divisions of the Ailey organization, together for the first time ever on the Lincoln Center stage. The performance included the world-renowned Ailey dancers in excerpts of Wayne McGregor's Chroma, Aszure Barton's LIFT, and a new production of David Parsons' signature solo, Caught. The rising stars of Ailey II performed an excerpt of Jennifer Archibald's Wings, gifted young dancers from The Ailey School (ages 6 to 23) showcased their talents and the breadth of the program's training in Synthesis II, and talented students from AileyCamp performed a work inspired by Ronald K. Brown's Grace. An expanded cast of 50 of the present and future stars of Ailey came together for a memorable finale of Alvin Ailey's timeless, Revelations.