Tag: the ailey school

Ailey II Standout Caroline Theodora Dartey on Beyoncé, Bad Habits, and Why She Doesn't Need to Dance "Pretty"

With effortless extensions, sky-high leaps, and equal parts elegance and strength, Ailey II company member Caroline Theodora Dartey is impossible to miss onstage. Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Dartey actually started out training in rhythmic gymnastics, where she earned both national and international titles. She later took up dance, training at the Conservatoire Populaire de Musique, […]

10 Reasons to Love Zumba

While I’ve trained in many dance styles (including ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop and Indian dance), my new love is Zumba! This Latin and international dance-inspired fitness program incorporates easy-to-follow choreography to get your heart rate up with intense exercises to keep your muscles working. This weekend I was licensed to teach Zumba, which will […]

Conan O'Brien Shows Off His Dance "Skills" at The Ailey School

Late night goofball Conan O’Brien has brought his “Conan” hijinks to NYC this week, to the delight of all New Yawk peeps. Though he’s in town a tad too early to enjoy Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater‘s fall season (it kicks off November 30 at New York City Center), O’Brien decided to get his Ailey […]

Robert Battle's Sunday Sounds Pretty Delightful

I will never stop wanting to hear about even the littlest, most mundane details of dancers’ lives. I mean, let’s be honest: We all have our stalker-y tendencies. But while my friends get their celebrity dirt from Us and People, I read dance companies’ Facebook pages and scour dancers’ Instagram feeds. They’re my celebrities, and […]

School Buzz: Remembering Denise Jefferson

The dance world lost one of its pillars this summer with the passing of Denise Jefferson, The Ailey School’s director. Following a performance career with Pearl Lang Dance Company, Jefferson began teaching at The Ailey School in 1974. A decade later, Alvin Ailey appointed her director. During her 26 years at the helm, Jefferson (affectionately […]

School Buzz: Spreading the Love

Spreading the Love This past summer, The Juilliard School provided summer grants to its students and alumni to travel to Arusha, Tanzania; San Francisco; Manila City, Philippines; and São Paulo, Brazil; to work with underprivileged children who are unable to afford schooling or intensive lessons in the arts. The volunteers visited homeless shelters and youth […]