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Catch Alvin Ailey's New York City Center Holiday Season Before the New Year

Audiences have just two more weeks to be dazzled by Ailey's holiday Revelations during the company's New York City Center season, ending December 31st.

Upcoming highlights include Christmas Eve and Christmas Day performances, as well as a Season Finale on New Year's Eve featuring excerpts of the season's premieres and new productions, including a rare performance of Robert Battle's Ella, a tribute to jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald just in time for the centennial of her birth. Each of these holiday performances closes with Alvin Ailey's must-see masterpiece Revelations.

Give the gift of an Ailey performance to a loved one this holiday season and share the magic of "one of America's most popular dance companies" (The New York Times). Other special programs include: "Family Matinee Series," which ends with a free Q&A with the acclaimed Ailey dancers after the performance; "All Ailey" program comprised of works choreographed by the Company's legendary founder; and "All New" program featuring three season premieres.

After experiencing a performance at New York City Center, young New Yorkers and inspired audience members can join in the dance offstage with exclusive events and offers. On Thursday, December 29 at 9:30 p.m. young ticket holders can jumpstart their New Year's Eve celebrations early by heading to The Ailey Studios for a "Pre-New Year's Eve Party" featuring an open bar and DJ set by Angel + Dren. New Yorkers of all ages can maintain their New Year's resolutions through Ticket to Dance, a special offer allowing audience members to try their first Ailey Extension dance or fitness class free with an Ailey performance ticket stub (offer expires after 60 days).

Don't miss the final 2016 performances of Ailey's extraordinary dancers in New York City before they embark on a 19-city tour across North America, beginning in February. Tickets are on sale starting at $25. For more information, visit www.alvinailey.org.

UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS:

"ALL AILEY" - DECEMBER 21 MAT, 28 MAT, 31 MAT

This program is comprised entirely of works by the Company's legendary founder, including Cry, Blues Suite, Love Songs, Masekela Language, Night Creature, and Revelations.

"ALL NEW" - DECEMBER 21 EVE & 30 EVE

This special program will feature world premieres of Hope Boykin's r-Evolution, Dream., Kyle Abraham's Untitled America, and Mauro Bigonzetti's Deep; as well as the Company premiere of Johan Inger's Walking Mad.

CHRISTMAS EVE PERFORMANCES - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24 AT 2:00 P.M. & 8:00 P.M.

Bring the whole family Ailey's Christmas Eve matinee performance to enjoy Ronald K. Brown's spiritually-charged Four Corners and Matthew Rushing's uplifting ODETTA. A free Q&A with the acclaimed Ailey dancers will follow the performance in the theater. During the evening performance, Kyle Abraham's gripping Untitled America, Robert Battle's cathartic Awakening, and Judith Jamison's sensual duet A Case of You will grace the stage. Matinee and evening performances will culminate with Alvin Ailey's 1960 creation Revelations.

FAMILY MATINEE SERIES - DECEMBER 24 MAT & 30 MAT

Bring the whole family to enjoy the performance and stay for a FREE Q&A with the acclaimed Ailey dancers after the performance.

CHRISTMAS DAY PERFORMANCE - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25 AT 7:30 P.M.

The Company's thrilling Christmas Day performance will include Ronald K. Brown's Cuban-inspired Open Door, Christopher Wheeldon's dreamlike After the Rain Pas de Deux, Mauro Bigonzetti's soulful ensemble Deep, and Alvin Ailey's jubilant Revelations.

"PRE-NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY" - YOUNG NEW YORK SPECIAL EVENT - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29 AT 9:30 P.M.

Young ticket holders are invited to jumpstart their New Year's Eve celebration early by heading to The Ailey Studios (just a few blocks west of New York City Center, 405 West 55th St.) after the 7:30 p.m. performance for a holiday party with an open bar and DJ set by Angel + Dren. The Young New York program is a multi-year audience development project to engage people between the ages of 21-30 through a series of special events and ticket offers, supported by The Wallace Foundation.

NEW YEAR'S EVE PERFORMANCES - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 AT 2:00 P.M. & 7:00 P.M.

Ailey's five-week holiday season concludes on New Year's Eve with two special performances. The matinee show features an "All Ailey" program comprised of works choreographed by the Company's legendary founder, including Blues Suite, Night Creature, Cry, and Revelations. A rousing season finale culminates the holiday engagement with excerpts of premieres and new productions, followed by Revelations.

Judith Jamison WORKSHOP: HONORING THE LEGACY OF Alvin Ailey - THURSDAY, JANUARY 5 AT 7:00 P.M.

Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison will teach an exclusive Ailey Classics Workshop at the Ailey Extension on Thursday, January 5 to celebrate what would've been Alvin Ailey's 86th birthday. In this two-hour workshop open to intermediate students, Ms. Jamison will impart Ailey's signature style, which changed the perception of American dance around the world, showing audiences that dance can truly be an expression of the spirit. The general public is welcomed to observe the workshop where students will learn subtle nuances and complexities in Alvin Ailey's critically-acclaimed repertory, set to live accompaniment. Participant fees are $45 and observation fees are $25.

Pictured: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theaters New Years Eve Performance at New York City Center. Photo by Kwame Brathwaite.

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