Alvin Ailey to Offer Free Workshops to Inspire, Educate at NJPAC

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) will hold a series of FREE workshops and events to inspire, educate and celebrate Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and its significance to American culture.

Learn the moves practiced by Ailey dancers at a Dance Workshop on Saturday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to noon (8:30 a.m. check-in and warm up) in NJPAC's Chase Room. The program will be led by Freddie Moore and the Rev. Eyesha Marable.

Also on April 29, at 2 p.m., a representative of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will share stories about many prominent dancers whose journeys continue to influence today's dance artists. "Dancers Who Inspire Me" will take place at the Rutgers-Newark Barnes & Noble in the Hahne & Co. building, 42 Halsey St. entrance.

It's all about food! "Dancers Who Cook" will be a combination of cooking demonstrations and discussions on how and why dancers prepare healthy meals to strengthen their bodies and maintain stamina during performances. "Dancers Who Cook" will take place on Thursday, May 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the new Whole Foods in the Hahne & Co. building, 633 Broad St. entrance.

For more information and to register for the FREE workshops, visit njpac.org/events/free.

Each year NJPAC is honored to be the only New Jersey arts center to present Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, its Principal Resident Dance Company. The company's 32 remarkable dancers, under the artistic direction of Robert Battle, enlighten and uplift audiences with premieres and beloved works each season. The Ailey company's Mother's Day weekend engagement at NJPAC is from May 12-14. Program information is found at njpac.org.

Prior to each performance, there will be special presentations by some of New Jersey's talented young artists in the Prudential Hall Lobby. For more information about these Preludes for ticket holders, visit njpac.org/events/detail/alvin-ailey-american-dance-theater-2017.

Dance Workshop
Saturday, April 29th 9 AM - Noon
FREE
Featuring Freddie Moore and the Rev. Eyesha Marable
NJPAC's Chase Room
One Center Street
Newark

"Dancers Who Inspire Me"
Saturday, April 29th 2 PM
FREE
Rutgers-Newark Barnes & Noble
42 Halsey St.
Newark
An Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater representative will discuss books about dancers who paved the way for today's dance artists.

"Dancers Who Cook"
Thursday, May 4th 6 - 8 PM
FREE Whole Foods
633 Broad St.
Newark
Learn how dancers prepare their own healthy meals, with food prep lessons.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States and is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey - where Great Performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the state's and the world's best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted more than 10 million visitors (including over 1.5 million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents. Visit njpac.org or call 1-888-GO-NJPAC for more information.

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