Videos from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
The Pleasure of the Lesson
Dancers perform to "'Tis Winter" by SoVoSo and more.
Robert Battle's We
Choreographed by Robert Battle, dancers perform to a melancholy jazz score.
Choreographed by Ulysses Dove, dancers perform to Laurie Anderson and Peter Gabriel's "Excellent Birds" and "Gravity's Angel."
Choreographed by Ronald K. Brown, dancers perform to Paul Johnson's "Bless It," Roy Davis Jr.'s "Rock Shock" and Duke Ellington's "Come Sunday."
The External Knot
Choreographed by Troy Powell, dancers perform to Kronos Quartet's "String Quartet No. 5:I," Janos Starker's "Dreaming (Traumerei)" and The Philip Glass Ensemble's "Funeral From Akhnaten."
Choreographed by Rennie Harris, dancers perform to Dennis Ferrer's "Underground Is My Home" and more in this tribute to house music.
Paul Taylor's Arden Court
Dancers perform to I Solisti Di Zagreb's "No. 5. In D Major: I. Allegro Ma Non Troppo; Allegro Assai," "No. 1. In B Flat Major: II. Moderator E Dolce," "No. 8. In D Minor: II. Largo (Andante)" and I Solisti Di Zagreb and Antonio Janigro's "Symphony No. 3 In C Major: II. Vivace."
Dancers perform to "This Little Light of Mine," "There's a Hole In the Bucket," "Motherless Children" by Odetta and more.
Choreographed by Kyle Abraham, dancers perform to Common featuring The Last Poet's "The Corner" and Donny Hathaway's "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother."
The Making of Odetta Part 2
Ailey Artistic Director Robert Battle and choreographer Matthew Rushing discuss bringing the ballet about the life of Odetta Holmes into fruition by using musical theater, prison songs, work songs, folk, gospel, jazz, country and blues music.
The Legacy of Inheritance
Choreographed by Stefanie Batten Bland, dancers perform to Zoe Keating's "We Insist," Stars of the Lid's "Dopamine Clouds Over Craven Cottage" and Nature Sounds' "Sustained Shimmering Wind."
The Making of Odetta Part 1
Choreographer Matthew Rushing talks about the creation of a ballet dedicated to writer-musician and activist Odetta Holmes, known as The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement.
Choreographed by Christopher L. Huggins, dancers perform to Moby's "Grace," "God Moving Over the Face of the Waters" and a percussion-heavy score.
D-Man In The Waters Part 1
Choreographed by Bill T. Jones, dancers perform to Mendelssohn's "Octet in E Flat, Op.20: 1. Allegro moderato, ma con fuoco" in this army-themed sequence.
Choreographed by Katarzyna Skarpetowska and inspired by Polish heritage, Cuore Sott'olio is a tale of a woman who revisits her past three relationships featuring Vinicio Capossela's "Corre Il Soldato."
Choreographed by Jiri Kylian, dancers perform to Mozart's "Piano Concerto No. 21 In C, K.467-2. Andante" and "Piano Concerto No. 23 In A, K.488-2. Adagio."
Wings at Ailey II
Choreographed by Jennifer Archibald, dancers perform to experimental, ethereal score.
Choreographed by Troy Powell, dancers perform to Daniel Rateuke's "Bakgat" and experimental and industrial dance music.
Teen Extension Contemporary Jazz
Teen students gain confidence learning jazz, modern dance and ballet in Alvin Ailey's classes, available for beginners to the experienced.
Choreographed by Ronald K. Brown, dancers perform to Yacoub's "Da Na Ma (Manoo Remix)."
Choreographed by Robert Battle, a dancer performs to Sheila Chandra's "Speaking In Tongues II."
Choreographed by Robert Battle, dancers perform to a drum- and violin-heavy score.
Choreographed by Robert Battle, dancers perform to a drum-heavy score.
Talking About The Pleasure of the Lesson
Ailey Artistic Director Robert Battle discusses choreographer Robert Moses and his innovative, expressive style in his first collaboration with the dance troupe.
Choreographed by Hans van Manen, Artistic Director Robert Battle discusses the performance comprised of dances that signify hellos and goodbyes in this colorful, geometric piece scored by Henyrk Gorecki.
Choreographed by Ohad Naharin, dancers perform to The Tractor's Revenge and Ohad Naharin's "Echad Mi Yodea" and Vivaldi's "Cum Dederit (Andante)."
The Making of Lift
Dancer-choreographer Aszure Barton talks about how she and composer Curtis Macdonald were inspired by Ailey dancers to create "Lift."
Choreographed by Kyle Abraham, dancers perform to Art Blakey's "A Night In Tunisia."
Choreographed by Judith Jamison, dancers perform to Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares' "Dragana I Slavei (Dragana's Song)" and DJ Whitesmith's "Detoxify Mad."
Choreographed by Joyce Trisler, a dancer performs to New York Philharmonic's "The Unanswered Question for Trumpet, Flute Quartet and Strings."
Troy Powell Discusses Wings
A ballad between humans and angels, a discussion of Jennifer Archibald's choreography of "Wings," which mixes hiphop and contemporary styles.
Ailey dancers perform Africa-inspired dance choreographed by Garth Fagan.
Troy Powell Discusses We
The work of choreographer Robert Battle in "We," a duet emphasizing relationships and connectedness.
Behind the Scenes of Cuore Sott'olio
Inspired by Polish heritage, Cuore Sott'olio is a tale of a woman who revisits her past three relationships.
Behind the Scenes of Suspended Women
Choreographer Jacqulyn Buglisi and Artistic Director Robert Battle talk about creating drama behind the characters of Suspended Women, who are archetypes of women throughout history and drawing inspiration from William Blake to Frida Kahlo.
Choreographed by Aszure Barton, dancers perform to original music inspired by African drum beats.
Three Black Kings
Choreographed by Alvin Ailey, dancers perform to jazz music.
Choreographed by Alvin Ailey, dancers perform to Duke Ellington's "The River Suite: V. Vortex" and "The River Suite: III. Giggling Rapids."
Streams at Ailey II
Choreographed by Alvin Ailey, dancers perform to Miloslav Kabeláč & Maurice Ohana's "Inventions, Op.45: Diabolico."
Choreographed by Alvin Ailey, dancers perform to Miloslav Kabeláč & Maurice Ohana's "Inventions, Op.45: Scherzo" and more.
Pas de Duke
Choreographed by Alvin Ailey, dancers perform to Duke Ellington's "Such Sweet Thunder" and "Sonnet to Hank Cinq."
Choreographed by Alvin Ailey, dancers perform to Jay McShann's "Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You," Donny Hathaway's "A Song For You," Laura Nyro's "Been On a Train," The Voices of East Harlem's "Right On Be Free" and Donald Byrd's "Flight-Time."
Choreographed by Alvin Ailey, dancers perform to Laura Nyro's "Been On a Train" and The Voices of East Harlem's "Right On Be Free."
Hip-Hop at the Ailey Extension
Get a workout or learn to dance in hiphop, pop and locking, breakdancing, funk, house and African styles at Alvin Ailey's classes.
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You may not be an Ailey dancer, but that doesn't mean you can't learn how to dance like one. From hip-hop to ballet, the Ailey Extension offers classes 7 days a week that are open to the public. Beginner, intermediate and advanced level dancers are all welcome to attend a class. If you're less concerned about learning technique, try out one of their fun workout classes like Zumba Fitness, Power Ashtanga Yoga or the Kukuwa African Dance Workout.