Feature Category: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – 2007

Dancers as Athletes

The human body is an amazing machine and in everyday life we use merely a fraction of the muscles and movement permutations available to us.  Contemporary dance is one dance genre that constantly explores the movements of the body striving … Read more

An Interview With Choreographer Donald Byrd

Shards Revisited Donald Byrd is one of the most acclaimed modern dance choreographers of our era. He recently worked with the Ailey 2 dancers to restage his innovative work Shards, which, in 1988, was the first ballet he created for … Read more

Step Family: Interview with Alvin Ailey dancers

By Kelly Apter Leaving home can bring excitement and fear in equal measure. Whether it’s to start university, get married or just strike out on your own, we often build surrogate ‘families’ to replace the ones we leave behind. Ailey … Read more

The Hunt by Robert Battle (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre)

Robert Battle may not assume his new position as Ailey’s Artistic Director until next spring, but his ballets are already a mainstay of the Company’s repertory. This season of his most popular and well-known works, The Hunt, will have its … Read more

Defining an Ailey Dancer: conversation with Judith Jamison

We spoke to Judith Jamison prior to a performance at the New Jersey Performing Arts Centre in May about what qualities she looks for in a dancer. Due to audition for new dancers that very next week, she told us … Read more

Focus on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

How do you get such an amazing reaction with such a huge audience to play to? Artistic Director Judith Jamison: It’s very much to do with the dancers you see in front of you and our mandate.  Mr Ailey always … Read more

Matthew Rushing, dancer for Alvin AIley American Dance Theater

Turning Point On a visit to Boston to see the company we managed to steal some time with dancer Matthew Rushing, star of our Dancer’s Diary, to talk to him about his love for dance, his career, and touring the … Read more