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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.

LOOK: Alvin Ailey Returns To Miami

| Posted 02.21.2013 | Miami

This article courtesy of Artburst Miami. By Catherine Hollingsworth Following last year’s much-hyped performance under the new direction of Mi...

Alvin Ailey, the Obamas and America

Howard Fineman | Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics
Howard Fineman

The Obamas won the White House in part because of their ability to move with that studied grace and confidence through the rutted, booby-trapped landscape of race in America. In that sense, Ailey and others literally helped lay the groundwork, by showing the beauty (and not just the fear and discord) of our distinct but intertwined roots as a polyglot nation.

WATCH: Alvin Ailey Tackles Human Trafficking

Posted 02.01.2013 | Black Voices

From a young man's reckoning with a diagnosis of HIV ("Home," 2011) to the story of African-American faith and tenacity from slavery to freedom ("Reve...

Complacency in AIDS Fundraising?

Mike Smith | Posted 04.01.2013 | Arts
Mike Smith

Dancers Find their Voice at DRA Broadway Cares Event The "Dance from the Heart" event in New York this week, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fight...

WATCH: The Diet Secrets Of An Alvin Ailey Dancer: Revealed

Posted 01.09.2013 | Black Voices

It isn't easy being beautiful and svelte and utterly agile. But the men and women of the Alvin Ailey American Dancer Theater make it look like it is. ...

The Lost Generation in the Audience

Phil Chan | Posted 03.08.2013 | Arts
Phil Chan

It is our responsibility in the field to continue to push the artform to exciting new levels, and to also offer educational opportunities to the next generation.

Photographing Alvin Ailey's Dance Gala

Christopher Duggan | Posted 02.04.2013 | Arts
Christopher Duggan

2012-12-03-ScreenShot20121203at2.25.55PM.pngAlvin Ailey American Dance Theater hosts gorgeous and energetic galas at New York City Center every year.