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Backstage With Boston's Celebrity Series - What It Takes To Make A Season

Michael Levin | Posted 06.30.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Levin

Bostonians know that one of the greatest purveyors of culture is the Celebrity Series of Boston, offering 45 events a year across 8 venues.

Alvin Ailey Rises Above

Isa Freeling | Posted 06.23.2015 | Arts
Isa Freeling

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has some of the greatest modern dancers in the United States, with choreography by masters coming from a rich source of creativity and exacting expertise. Its well never runs dry.

Unforgiving Yet Intriguing: A Review of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Vanessa Alamo | Posted 06.21.2015 | Arts
Vanessa Alamo

The internationally-known modern dance company Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater premiered original choreography by Matthew Rushing, Hofesh Shechter and Alvin Ailey at Revelations last month at Boston's Citi Wang Theater.

Rocka My Soul

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Robert Koehler

This great inner wanting yearned for a freedom we don't much talk about these days, in our relative affluence and comfort, but the music and the movement of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, with its roots in Africa, in Gospel revival -- in growing up black in America -- went so much deeper than that.

Ailey Dancers and the Kids With Disabilities: "If A Finger Can Move, They're a Part of It"

Michael Levin | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Michael Levin

Three dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater made their annual appearance at the Cotting School, New England's oldest and best-known school for young people with special needs.

The Secrets Behind The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Karu F. Daniels, NewYork.com | Posted 12.27.2014 | Black Voices

In the world of dance, Robert Battle has achieved his dream of all dreams — at the age of just 42. As the artistic director of the Alvin Ailey Ameri...

Alvin Ailey Unveils World Premiere, Odetta

Isa Freeling | Posted 02.11.2015 | Arts
Isa Freeling

Wednesday night saw an array of beautiful luminaries including: the still handsome Harry Belafonte, the ever talented Ruben Santiago Hudson, and the magnificent Jessye Norman (to name just a few) came out to see the world premiere of Odetta.

Jasmine Guy On The Big Lesson She Learned After Stardom

OWN | Posted 09.26.2014 | OWN

Though most people remember her as Whitley Gilbert, the southern belle on "A Different World," actress Jasmine Guy has had an incredibly versatile car...

Learning Los Angeles: Lula Washington, Building Cultural Identity Through Dance

Cathy Weiss | Posted 11.04.2014 | Los Angeles
Cathy Weiss

Lula Washington, the co-founder of this modern dance company, is a serious woman. She has a commitment to her community and has fought to create this place to dance. She expects the highest level of integrity and hard work, and she gets it from her students.

Maya Angelou: The Power of an Evolving Brand

Tamara Jacobs | Posted 08.05.2014 | Women
Tamara Jacobs

The recent passing of the iconic author and poet, Maya Angelou, closed the chapter on one of the most enduring and prolific personal brands America ha...

My Life With Alvin Ailey

Michael Kaiser | Posted 06.07.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

As I count down the number of days left until I leave the Kennedy Center, I am getting nostalgic about my entire career. No one producing arts organization has had a bigger impact on my life than the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

How Exposing Your Kids to the Arts Can Be a Game Changer

Julissa Bonfante | Posted 04.29.2014 | Parents
Julissa Bonfante

Having the opportunity to experience the arts helped me grow in an incredible way, and this is why it is important for me to expose my two kids to the arts whenever I can.

Cultural Ambassadors to the World

Bessie A. Winn-Afeku | Posted 04.15.2014 | Arts
Bessie A. Winn-Afeku

Known for its mix of classical ballet and modern dance, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was founded in 1958 by Alvin Ailey, during a time when African-Americans had little access to classical dance.

An Amazing Week

Michael Kaiser | Posted 04.05.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

I have grown increasingly nervous about the future of diverse arts institutions in the United States. So many have disappeared, others are facing huge cash problems and most are watching as donors shift their priorities to other interests.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Ballet Star Misty Copeland Filming New Doc, A Ballerina's Tale

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 02.12.2014 | Arts
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

In 2007, Copeland made history by becoming the third black female soloist at the American Ballet Theatre and has maintained a high profile performing with recording artist, Prince and receiving praise from major magazines. Still she is focused on shattering even more barriers in her field.

Legendary Alvin Ailey Dancer Returns

AP | JOCELYN NOVECK | Posted 12.18.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — When Matthew Rushing was a young boy growing up in Inglewood, Calif., his mother was concerned he might fall prey to the gang violen...

Wild: Choreographing LIFT

Aszure Barton | Posted 02.08.2014 | Arts
Aszure Barton

In this moment, I experienced that familiar apex of excitement and fear -- the thrill of possibility, the anticipation of adventure.

LOOK: Gabby Gets Gorgeous In Green

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 12.05.2013 | Black Voices

"Being Mary Jane" actress, Gabrielle Union, was just being downright gorgeous Wednesday night while attending the 2013 Alvin Ailey American Dance Thea...

Anna Sokolow Way Honors Modern Dance Great - December 4-8

Adria Rolnik | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Adria Rolnik

Through From the Horse's Mouth "talk/dance" format, Anna Sokolow Way will offer a firsthand look at the personal experiences of dancers, actors, critics and musicians who worked with Anna over the course of her 60-year career in dance.

How Much History Is Enough?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

When a founder retires, the transition can be especially challenging. The organization was created specifically to support the vision of the founder. How does it support the new leader, and provide necessary visibility for a new vision, while recognizing and celebrating the achievements of the founder?

The Speed of the Turnaround

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.16.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

A successful turnaround requires a leader, a plan, an exciting roster of programs, an aggressive institutional marketing plan and a great deal of discipline. But there is something else a turnaround requires: speed.

It's a Small World

Michael Kaiser | Posted 10.26.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

It is an honor to be a part of this remarkable fraternity (sorority?) of dance people -- directors, managers, dancers, choreographers -- bound together by a love of dance and shared experiences.

Back For More

AP | JOCELYN NOVECK | Posted 08.14.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK — When Robert Battle first arrived at New York's Lincoln Center years ago, he was a dance student with a scholarship to Juilliard. On h...

Beyond The Four Corners

Ronald K. Brown | Posted 08.11.2013 | Arts
Ronald K. Brown

Last year, I received a call from Robert Battle, Artistic Director for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York. He shared with me that the comp...

Alvin Ailey Comes to Town and You Shouldn't Miss It

Danai P. Maraire | Posted 06.19.2013 | Los Angeles
Danai P. Maraire

If you've never had the chance to experience this particular dance company, there is no time like the present to discover what I already know: There is nothing like it.