Alvin Ailey At Apollo

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[Entertainment: Dance]

Led by Artistic Director Judith Jamison, the spectacular Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the dynamic young dancers of Ailey II, and gifted students from The Ailey School will perform together on the world famous Apollo stage on Tuesday, May 20th at 7pm. 

The one-night-only benefit performance at the Apollo Theater (253 W 125th Street, between 7th & 8th Avenues) will be followed by a gala party, which has become known for its festive dress, décor and dancing.

Ailey’s special night at the Apollo will honor Gabriella E. Morris, Corporate Vice President of Prudential Financial.  Acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson is the honorary chair. Gala co-chairs are: Lynne & Anthony M. Carvette, Kathy & Peter K. Scaturro, and Janice Savin Williams & Christopher J. Williams. Benefit vice chairs are Celia & Henry McGee, Elizabeth & Arthur J. Mirante II, and Sheryl & Daniel R. Tishman.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) will perform two new works from this year’s record breaking season; the spirited The Groove To Nobody’s Business, set to music by Ray Charles, and the beautifully dramatic Unfold, performed to an aria sung by Leontyne Price.  The emerging stars of Ailey II and The Ailey School will showcase their talents in choreography by Ailey II’s Associate Artistic Director Troy Powell and Ailey Alumnus Christopher L. Huggins. 

The performance will culminate in highlights of Alvin Ailey’ timeless masterpiece Revelations performed by members of AAADT, Ailey II and students from The Ailey School. After the performance, the celebration will continue at the gala party, where guests will dine and mingle with the present and future stars of Ailey  - and dance the night away in true Ailey style.  

Gala proceeds will support The Ailey School’s Scholarship Program, for promising young students who would otherwise be unable to pursue professional training, and Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs, including AileyCamp, which annually serve more than 100,000 young people. 

Benefit tickets, starting at $200, may be purchased by contacting Suzanne Onasanya at (212) 405.9031.


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