Ailey Celebrates NYC Dance Week June 16th – 25th with FREE Class Offers at the Ailey Extension,

Ailey celebrates NYC Dance Week – a citywide festival from June 16th – 25th that promotes the joy and diversity of dance – with FREE class offers at The Ailey Extension and inspiring performances by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Lincoln Center, through June 19th.

Capoeira Class at the Ailey Extension. Photo by Kyle Froman
Capoeira Class at the Ailey Extension. Photo by Kyle Froman

The celebration kicks off at the Ailey Studios on Thursday, June 16th and continues through Saturday, June 25th, with several free classes each day for new students. NYC Dance Week also launches GingaFlex, a brand new fitness technique based on the Brazilian dance/martials arts form capoeira, on Saturday, June 18th at 12pm. Founded by capoeira instructor and Brazil native Tiba Vieira, GingaFlex is a challenging full-body workout that increases core strength, flexibility and balance, to help participants get in Olympic shape. This class, along with Yah’Ya Kamate’s West African class on Wednesday, June 22nd at 6:30pm, will be FREE for ALL students (new and returning). No registration is required for these special open classes (all other NYC Dance Week classes require registration here).

The NYC Dance Week classes are the perfect way to jumpstart your summer exercise routine. Free classes will be offered in nearly all of the Ailey Extension’s 25 techniques, including hip-hop, ballet, Afro-Cuban, and Masala Bhangra. So regardless of your workout style or fitness level, there is sure to be something for you.  Click here for the complete schedule, and here for the downloadable NYC Dance Week pass, which must be presented for all free classes (new students may take one free class; current students will receive a free class with purchase of a 10-class card).

AAADT in Mauro Bigonzetti's Deep Photo by Paul Kolnik
AAADT in Mauro Bigonzetti’s Deep Photo by Paul Kolnik

In addition to these special offerings, New Yorkers will also have the opportunity to be moved by Ailey’s extraordinary dancers during NYC Dance Week at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Lincoln Center engagement at the David H. Koch Theater (through Father’s Day, June 19th).  This season, Ailey’s acclaimed dancers will perform a diverse repertory featuring the world premieres of Deep by acclaimed Italian choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti and Untitled America: Second Movement, the second work in a three-part suite by MacArthur “Genius” Kyle Abraham. The season also includes new productions of VespersUlysses Dove’s breathtaking ballet for six women, and The HuntRobert Battle’s thrilling work for six men. These are all part of over a dozen works performed on five different programs: the Company’s newest repertory in21st Century Voices, a trio of works by Dance TrailblazersAll Ailey classics by the Company’s founder, works that arose from Musical Inspirations, and a quartet of dances that share Bold Visions.  Click here for the complete season press release.

Visit alvinailey.org for more information on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Lincoln Center season.  For the complete class schedule, visitaileyextension.com.

Latoya Henry is the publisher and founder of Haute Giving: The Sexy Side of Philanthropy.
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