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Alvin Ailey

 
Alvin Ailey Headshot
Date of Birth: January 05, 1931 (91)

Birth Place: Rogers, TX, USA

Bio:
Dancer, director, choreographer, and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
1962
Clarence Morris
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1957
Ensemble/Other Roles
Lead Dancer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1954
Ensemble/Other Roles
Alvin

Productions

 
[Broadway, 1969]
Choreographer

Photos

Megan Jakel of Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre performing "Ella" choreographed by Robert Ba Photo

Megan Jakel of Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre performing "Ella" choreographed by Robert Battle at the Dancers For Good Benefit 2019. Photo by Shin Kurokawa.

From: 
Date:
07/28/2019
Megan Jakel of Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre performing "Ella" choreographed by Robert Ba Photo

Megan Jakel of Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre performing "Ella" choreographed by Robert Battle at the Dancers For Good Benefit 2019. Photo by Shin Kurokawa.

From: 
Date:
07/28/2019
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Artistic Director and 2019 Ruth Page Award Recipie Photo

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Artistic Director and 2019 Ruth Page Award Recipient Robert Battle, The Ruth Page Center for the Arts Executive and Artistic Director Venetia Stifler and Ruth Page School of Dance Director Victor Alexander

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Date:
04/15/2019
See Chicago Dance Executive Director Heather Hartley, Chicago Dance History Project E Photo

See Chicago Dance Executive Director Heather Hartley, Chicago Dance History Project Executive Director and 2019 Ruth Page Award Recipient Jenai Cutcher, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Artistic Director and 2019 Ruth Page Award Recipient Robert Battl

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Date:
04/15/2019
 Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Artistic Director and 2019 Ruth Page Award Recipi Photo

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Artistic Director and 2019 Ruth Page Award Recipient Robert Battle, The Ruth Page Center for the Arts Director of Marketing & Communications Silvino da Silva and The Ruth Page Center for the Arts Executive and Artistic

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Date:
04/15/2019

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
1962
Clarence Morris

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1957
Ensemble/Other Roles

Lead Dancer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1954
Ensemble/Other Roles

Alvin

Productions

Choreographer

Alvin Ailey Biography

Dancer, director, choreographer, and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.




Alvin Ailey News

Broadway Gift Shop One Shubert Alley to Relaunch Later This Year Photo Broadway Gift Shop One Shubert Alley to Relaunch Later This Year
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 30, 2022

It was reported earlier this month that the iconic Broadway gift shop, One Shubert Alley, would close on October 2nd. It has now been announced that the Araca Group’s merchandise division, Araca Merchandise, will assume management of One Shubert Alley, Broadway’s Theatre Shop, after a brief store renovation.  

Special Offer: LES SYLPHIDES AND OTHER WORKS at Ballet Theatre of Maryland Photo Special Offer: LES SYLPHIDES AND OTHER WORKS at Ballet Theatre of Maryland
by BWW Special Offer - Sep 30, 2022

Special Offer: Ballet Theatre of Maryland presents

Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents UNAVAILABLE MEMORY: IN CONVERSATION WITH CUNNINGHAM  Photo Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents UNAVAILABLE MEMORY: IN CONVERSATION WITH CUNNINGHAM & CAGE, October 27-29
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 29, 2022

Unavailable Memory: In Conversation with Cunningham & Cage is an evening of dance and music presenting Merce Cunningham's Totem Ancestor (1942) and Loops (1971) and six piano compositions by John Cage.

Review: URBAN BUSH WOMEN at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center's Booth Playhouse Photo Review: URBAN BUSH WOMEN at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center's Booth Playhouse
by Vickie Evans - Sep 29, 2022

The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center is hosting its first annual Charlotte International Arts Festival.  One of its creative dance performers is the Urban Bush Women (UBW).   Celebrating its thirty-five year anniversary, UBW celebrated the power of women with its Legacy + Lineage + Liberation dance presentation. Urban Bush Women is captivating, exhilarating, and very entertaining.

Ballet Theatre Of Maryland Presents LES SYLPHIDES AND OTHER WORKS Photo Ballet Theatre Of Maryland Presents LES SYLPHIDES AND OTHER WORKS
by Stephi Wild - Sep 29, 2022

On October 7-9, Ballet Theatre of Maryland begins its mainstage performance season with Les Sylphides and Other Works at Maryland Hall in Annapolis.

Nai-Ni Chen Announces The Bridge Classes October 3-5 Photo Nai-Ni Chen Announces The Bridge Classes October 3-5
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 28, 2022

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Announces The Bridge Virtual Dance Institute of boundary-breaking dance experiences Free One-Hour Company Classes on Zoom Open to All Dancers at an Intermediate to Advanced Level October 3 & 5, 2022.

CAPA's Presentation Of AILEY II To Feature Four Remarkable Works Photo CAPA's Presentation Of AILEY II To Feature Four Remarkable Works
by Stephi Wild - Sep 28, 2022

​​​​​​​The world-renowned dance company Ailey II will present a one-night-only Columbus performance at the Davidson Theatre, Riffe Center on Tuesday, October 11 at 8 pm.

Review: The City Center FALL FOR DANCE Festival Has Something For Everyone Photo Review: The City Center FALL FOR DANCE Festival Has Something For Everyone
by Lora Strum - Sep 25, 2022

The @NYCityCenter Fall for Dance Festival's diverse programming lets audiences 'choose their own adventure' through the arts, @lorastrum writes.

Nai-Ni Chen Announces The Bridge Dance Classes September 26-28 Photo Nai-Ni Chen Announces The Bridge Dance Classes September 26-28
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 23, 2022

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has announced The Bridge Virtual Dance Institute of boundary-breaking dance experiences Free One-Hour Company Classes on Zoom Open to All Dancers at an Intermediate to Advanced Level September 26 & 28, 2022.

New Dates Announced for Encores! THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA Starring Ruthie Ann Miles Photo New Dates Announced for Encores! THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA Starring Ruthie Ann Miles
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 23, 2022

New York City Center has announced new performance dates for Encores! The Light in the Piazza as part of the 2022 – 2023 season. Due to scheduling conflicts, the Tony Award-winning musical directed by Chay Yew and featuring Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles will run June 21 – 25, 2023 at New York City Center.

Alvin Ailey Videos

VIDEO: Get A First Look At Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE and Meshell Ndegeocello At The Ke VideoVIDEO: Get A First Look At Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE and Meshell Ndegeocello At The Kennedy Center
by Stage Tube - Sep 23, 2021

Hailed as a “modern dance savior” by the New York Times, Ronald K. Brown returns to fuse the form, rhythm, and history of African dance with contemporary and urban dance styles. In Mercy, a Kennedy Center co-commission (the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Carolina Performing Arts, UNC Chapel Hill, and The Joyce Theater’s Stephen and Cathy Weinroth Fund for New York), Brown finds an ideal collaborator in visionary vocalist, composer, and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello.

VIDEO: Check Out the New Trailer for BURNING MAN: THE MUSICAL Starring Morgan Siobhan VideoVIDEO: Check Out the New Trailer for BURNING MAN: THE MUSICAL Starring Morgan Siobhan Green, Tally Sessions & More
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 25, 2021

Broadway On Demand has released a new trailer ahead the world premiere of the feature film Burning Man: The Musical. The film follows Molly, a promising young tech grad, as she returns to the playa of Black Rock City - this time employed by the very tech company that, unbeknownst to her, seeks to destroy it.

VIDEO: BURNING MAN's Max Crumm and Tally Sessions Visit Backstage LIVE with Richard R VideoVIDEO: BURNING MAN's Max Crumm and Tally Sessions Visit Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge- Watch Now!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Aug 26, 2021

Watch as Richard chats with Max Crumm and Tally Sessions, who star in Burning Man: The Musical- a new musical comedy, available on Broadway on Demand beginning on August 27th.

VIDEO: Dance Parade NYC Presents 'Dance Brings Us Together - Resilience of Dance thro VideoVIDEO: Dance Parade NYC Presents 'Dance Brings Us Together - Resilience of Dance through the Pandemic'
by Stage Tube - Jul 24, 2021

Presentations include pieces by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Heidi Latsky Dance, National Dance Institute, Urban Bush Women, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Alison Cook Beatty Dance, Saung Budaya, DrumatiX, Dance Rising, 5Rhythms, Moksha Arts, 5Rhythms, New York Chinese Cultural Center, Fusha Dance Company and more!

VIDEO: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater On City Center's Studio 5 VideoVIDEO: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater On City Center's Studio 5
by Alan Henry - Jun 15, 2021

In this inspirational episode featuring City Center’s Principal Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancers Jacqueline Green, Yannick Lebrun, and Renaldo Maurice work with Artistic Director Robert Battle, Resident Choreographer Jamar Roberts, and Associate Artistic Director Matthew Rushing on three varied pieces from the company’s rich repertory—Ailey’s signature classic Revelations, Battle’s solo Takademe, and Roberts’s Members Don’t Get Weary. 

VIDEO: Watch the Official Trailer for Upcoming Documentary AILEY! VideoVIDEO: Watch the Official Trailer for Upcoming Documentary AILEY!
by Stage Tube - May 27, 2021

Ailey’s commitment to searching for truth in movement resulted in pioneering and enduring choreography that centers on African American experiences.

VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals For Crystal Pite's THE STATEMENT at The Royal Opera House VideoVIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals For Crystal Pite's THE STATEMENT at The Royal Opera House
by Alan Henry - May 25, 2021

The Royal Ballet celebrates contemporary choreography in an evening that demonstrates the breadth of choreographic talent working with the Company today.  This performance will be available to watch from 28 May 2021 until 27 June 2021. Check out clips of rehearsal for the event!

VIDEO: Get A First Look At The Royal Ballet's 21st Century Choreographers VideoVIDEO: Get A First Look At The Royal Ballet's 21st Century Choreographers
by Alan Henry - May 20, 2021

The Royal Ballet celebrates contemporary choreography in an evening that demonstrates the breadth of choreographic talent working with the Company today. Stream the full performance from 21 May 2021.

VIDEO: Works & Process At Lincoln Center Presents A CHRONICLE OF A PIVOT AT A POINT I VideoVIDEO: Works & Process At Lincoln Center Presents A CHRONICLE OF A PIVOT AT A POINT IN TIME By Jamar Roberts and David Watson
by Alan Henry - Apr 19, 2021

Go into choreographer Jamar Robert's Works & Process bubble residency at Catskill Mountain Foundation and learn about the creative process of A Chronicle of a Pivot at a Point in Time.

Exclusive: See Betsy Wolfe, Patrick Page, Carolee Carmello, and More in an All New T VideoExclusive: See Betsy Wolfe, Patrick Page, Carolee Carmello, and More in an All New Trailer For ESTELLA SCROOGE
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 12, 2020

The new musical, Estella Scrooge: A Christmas Carol with a Twist, is now available to stream at EstellaScrooge.com.


Alvin Ailey Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Alvin Ailey been in?
Alvin Ailey has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

How many West End shows has Alvin Ailey been in?
Alvin Ailey has not appeared in the West End