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Ailey at The Apollo - TONIGHT (Tuesday, May 7, 2013)

Ailey at The Apollo - TONIGHT (Tuesday, May 7, 2013)


Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 8:00am

Ailey's Spring Gala Benefit Performance and Party

AILEY AT THE APOLLO - Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Ailey’s Spring Gala Benefit Performance & Party  at the World-Famous Apollo Theater

Honorary Chairs:  Kimberly & Tyson Chandler
Photo courtesy of Kimberly and Tyson Chandler

Event Honoree:  Robert Kissane
Photo courtesy of Community Counseling Service Co.
Event Co-chairs: Lynne and Anthony M. Carvette, Leslie and Tom Maheras, David E. Monn, & Almaz and Marc Strachan
Event Vice-chairs: Michele and Timothy Barakett, Judith Byrd, Eboni Marshall Turman & Rossie E. Turman III, and Yelberton R. Watkins

Other Notable Attendees: Chrisette Michele, Amsale Abrera , Debra Lee, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Judith Byrd, Daryl & Steven Roth, Emily Blavatnik, Artistic Director Robert Battle, Judith Jamison, Henry McGee, DJ Kiss, Joan & Sandy Weill and Susan Taylor & Khephra Burns among others
  For the first time ever, the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will be joined by rising stars of Ailey II, gifted young dancers from The Ailey School, and talented students from AileyCamp in a spectacular performance on Tuesday, May 7th at 7pm on the world famous Apollo stage.  A gala benefit party with festive dress, décor and dancing to music by special guest DJ Kiss will close the night.  Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, proceeds from the celebration will provide vitally needed scholarships for talented students of The Ailey School as well as Ailey’s innovative Arts In Education & Community Programs.  For more information on benefit tickets starting at 50, call (212) 405-9031 or visit www.alvinailey.org.
WHEN/       6:30pm – RED CARPET ARRIVALS 253 West 125th Street (between 7th & 8th Avenues)
                     7:00pm – PERFORMANCE ON APOLLO STAGE 
·            AileyCampers from Washington Heights & Newark perform a work inspired by Rennie Harris’ Home

·            Ailey School students (ages 6 to 23) showcase the breadth of The Ailey School’s program in Synthesis

·            Ailey II will perform excerpts of Virtues choreographed by Amy Hall Garner

·            Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs excerpts of  Petite Mort by renowned European choreographer JiAí Kylián, and Ronald K. Brown’s landmark work,Grace; along with Strange Humors, a thrillingly intense duet by Artistic Director Robert Battle.

·            Alvin Ailey’s timeless Revelations performed by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II & students from The Ailey School

       8:45pm – FESTIVE GALA PARTY – Tent on 126th Street (between 7th & 8th Avenues)
                   Prominent figures in the worlds of business, philanthropy and entertainment join members of Alvin Ailey American Dance
                   Theater, Ailey II and The Ailey School at a lively gala party with music provided by special guest DJ Kiss.
Wine & Spirits generously provided by Diageo
Toyota Avalon is the Official Vehicle Partner of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Join in the celebration as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 21-city North American tour returns to the tri-state area for performances at Newark’s NJPAC on May 10-12 and Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater on June 12-16!
For more information visit www.alvinailey.org
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized by U.S. Congressional resolution as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” grew from a now-fabled 1958 New York performance that changed American dance.  Founded by Alvin Ailey, and guided by Judith Jamison beginning in 1989, the Company is now led byRobert Battle, whom Judith Jamison chose to succeed her on July 1, 2011. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has performed for an estimated 23 million people in 71 countries on 6 continents, promoting the uniqueness of the AfricanaAmerican cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance tradition.  The Ailey organization also includes; Ailey II (1974), a second company of young dancers and choreographers;The Ailey School (1969), extensive dance training programs; Ailey Arts in Education & Community Programs, bringing dance into classrooms and communities; and The Ailey Extension, dance and fitness classes for the general public at Ailey’s home – The Joan Weill Center for Dance in New York City—New York’s largest building for dance.  For more information, visit www.alvinailey.org.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Alvin Ailey's Revelations with Ailey II and students from The Ailey School.  Photo by Christopher Duggan.



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