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Alvin Ailey Presents Free Workshop, Gala Benefit with Venessa Williams Today

Renowned actress, singer, and multi-faceted entertainer Vanessa Williams is the Honorary Chair for the benefit sponsored by FedEx Corporation. Gala Co-Chairs are 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 are Michele & Timothy Barakett, Natasha Leibel Levine, M.D. & Harlan Levine, M.D., Leslie & Tom Maheras, and Celia & Henry McGee.

Attendees will have the opportunity to witness the impact of their charitable giving firsthand, as gala proceeds will support scholarships for talented young students to attend The Ailey School and Ailey's Arts In Education & Community Programs. These programs serve more than 100,000 young people annually, including AileyCamp - an innovative, full-scholarship summer program that uses the art of dance as a means to help young people stretch their minds, bodies and spirits. For more information on benefit tickets starting at $500 call 212-405-9031.

Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, Ailey's 15-performance engagement featuring four programs continues through June 22nd and includes a world premiere by Robert Moses, new productions of Hans van Manen's Polish Pieces and David Parsons' Caught, and the Company premiere of Asadata Dafora's groundbreaking 1932 solo, Awassa Astrige/Ostrich. Other highlights are encores of this season's premieres and repertory favorites, such as the "Ailey/Ellington" program and Ohad Naharin's Minus 16. For further information, and to purchase tickets starting at $25, visit www.alvinailey.org.

Programming - Subject to Change:
Wednesday, June 11, 7:00pm - The Ailey Spirit Gala - including Caught and Revelations
Thursday, June 12, 7:30pm - Chroma / Robert Moses Premiere / Revelations
Friday, June 13, 8:00pm - Grace / Awassa Astrige/Ostrich, D-Man in the Waters (Part I) / Minus 16
*Saturday, June 14, 2:00pm - "Ailey/Ellington" - Night Creature, Pas de Duke / The River / Revelations
*Family Matinee - followed by a Post-Performance Q&A session with the dancers
Saturday, June 14, 8:00pm - Chroma / Robert Moses Premiere / Revelations
Sunday, June 15, 3:00pm - "Ailey/Ellington" - Night Creature, Pas de Duke / The River / Revelations
Sunday, June 15, 7:30pm - Grace / Awassa Astrige/Ostrich, D-Man in the Waters (Part I) / Minus 16
Tuesday, June 17, 7:30pm - LIFT / Polish Pieces, Caught / Revelations
Wednesday, June 18, 7:30pm - Chroma / Robert Moses Premiere / Revelations
Thursday, June 19, 7:30pm - LIFT / Polish Pieces, Caught / Revelations
Friday, June 20, 8:00pm - "Ailey/Ellington" - Night Creature, Pas de Duke / The River / Revelations
*Saturday, June 21, 2:00pm - LIFT / Polish Pieces, Caught / Revelations
*Family Matinee - followed by a Post-Performance Q&A session with the dancers
Saturday, June 21, 8:00pm - Grace / Awassa Astrige/Ostrich, D-Man in the Waters (Part I) / Minus 16
Sunday, June 22, 3:00pm - Chroma / Robert Moses Premiere / Revelations
Sunday, June 22, 7:30pm - LIFT / Polish Pieces, Caught / Revelations

Photo Credit: Rod Spicer

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