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  • Anaheim Ballet Special Guest: Alicia Graf Mack

    Anaheim Ballet Special Guest: Alicia Graf Mack

    Alicia Graf Mack of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater… At 5’10” tall, “Her legs go on and on – her feet can touch the heavens!”, Ailey director Robert Battle. Listen to what she shares with us. All that she’s experienced in life, the upsides as well as the downsides, have brought her closer to the dancer she is today. And you have to love the advice given to her by her mom. “Don’t shrink.” In other words, be the […]

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  • Ailey 2 – Shards

    Ailey 2 – Shards

    On the one hand Shards is very balletic…in much of the choreography, characterization, and feel. Yet it also gives the appearance of “other than” ballet especially in much of the upper body movement including the arm work. Creative in a way that makes us question who Ailey is, then brings him back to us in a way that we recognize him… This is Shards. Choreographed against the haunting sound of Mio Morales, this provides yet more contrast, dimension, and perhaps […]

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  • Firebird – Alvin Ailey Dance Theater

    Firebird – Alvin Ailey Dance Theater

    Choreographed by Maurice Bejart in 1970, Firebird expresses the spirit of divine inspiration as danced by Clifton Brown, the Firebird. Or it may be that Bejart was suggesting the principles of communism in this work. If so, the other dancers in gray costume may represent those who are inspired and unified by Firebird. Some critics feel that Brown, despite his incredible talent, may not have the technical precision that Firebird, as a ballet, requires. Whatever your opinion, there’s little question […]

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  • Alvin Ailey Dance Theater – Reminiscin’

    Alvin Ailey Dance Theater – Reminiscin’

    Choreographed by Judith Jamison, artistic director of AADT, this particular clip from Reminiscin’ fell short for me. Depicting a barroom flirtation, it was surprisingly lacking in energy. Clifton Brown is technically masterful, but this leaves nothing that’s memorable. Also, the musicality typically seen in Ailey’s dancers just wasn’t there. I felt there was a disconnect between the choreography and the music which translated into a lack of emotional energy between the two dancers. Collectors item – New sheet of (20) […]

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  • Ellen Degeneres At The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

    Ellen Degeneres At The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

    Ellen DeGeneres, comedian, actress, and television host, hams it up with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She takes the dancers through a mock dance session, poking fun at her own lack of skill as she has the dancers follow her through a series of silly moves and playful antics. If you enjoy watching others goof off and having just plain ole fun, then please like and share this video.

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  • Ailey II – Echoes

    Ailey II – Echoes

    Ailey II exists as an outreach company to further Ailey’s mission of bringing the culture of dance to all by offering training, performance, and community programs. Choreographed by Thang Dao, Echoes is a reflection of Dao’s life in Vietnam before emigrating to America. How beautifully and seamlessly the dancers expressed such an emotional and personal history. The transitions into and out of the lifts appeared so effortless you would have thought the two bodies were one. And what a beautiful […]

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  • Alvin Ailey Dance Theater – The Groove to Nobody’s Business

    Alvin Ailey Dance Theater – The Groove to Nobody’s Business

    Perhaps a rather thin piece here, given what we usually see from the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, but nonetheless one that’s energetic, delightful, and fun. Choreographed by Camille Brown to Ray Charles’ The Groove to Nobody’s Business, this whimsical piece pokes humor at the annoyance of passengers as they wait for a train that never shows. Ah, “groove”, yes! And what a perfect vehicle for these “groovy” characters! Infectious energy. Clever choreography. Sit back, kick your feet up, and spend […]

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  • Alvin Ailey Dance Theater – 50th Anniversary Celebration

    Alvin Ailey Dance Theater – 50th Anniversary Celebration

    In celebration of an American icon, dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey… Ailey’s dance troupe continues to bring dance to the forefront for all to enjoy. This was Ailey’s mission from the inception of his dance troupe. It was also Ailey who gave African Americans their opportunity to be front and center in a dance world where few, if any, blacks had participated up until this time. In fact, his modern dance troupe was the first to perform in the Metropolitan […]

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  • Love Stories By Judith Jamison – AADT

    Love Stories By Judith Jamison – AADT

    Opening with a thoughtful, gentle solo by Clifton Brown, Love Stories has a little of everything. Classical, modern, hip hop, and African… Choreographed by Judith Jamison, artistic director for the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, with music by Stevie Wonder, Love Stories is about love of dance and the pure joy these dancers bring to their art. This isn’t a piece Alvin Ailey would have choreographed, but it’s an audience favorite nonetheless. I hope you like it and will share with […]

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  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Reflections In D

    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Reflections In D

    Though brief, this is an elegant clip of AAADT’s (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater) Matthew Rushing. Reflections In D, a thoughtful and beautiful work, was originally choreographed by Ailey for himself. The control that Rushing displays may appear easy to execute, but nothing could be further from the truth. This type of choreography is Ailey’s “truth”…fluid, sensitive, theatrical movement. The lines and beautiful, rounded arm work are only part of what you can appreciate as you watch this intensely emotional […]

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