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An evening with Masazumi Chaya, keeper of the Ailey flame

On a stage in the jewel box theater at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre headquarters, the vibrant warmth and quick wit of the man who capped a 15-year career performing with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater with 30 years as the company’s associate artistic director—Masazumi Chaya—charmed and delighted an adoring audience. With host Renee Robinson, herself a former Ailey dancer (1981-2012), the two created a most engaging evening of dance history.

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Camille A. Brown choreographs Met Opera’s ‘Porgy & Bess’

Standing in front of a large studio filled with some 90 singers and dancers, is a young, diminutive Black woman whose profile is reminiscent of a regal African sculpture thanks to a head wrap that forms a bun atop her head...

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NDI: There is a rose in East Harlem

There is a rose in East Harlem where hundreds of youngsters learn ballet, tap, modern dance, music, choreography and more while experiencing “a love of the arts, a passion for learning and a desire to strive for their personal best.” The name of the rose is the National Dance Institute.

Brooklyn Mack makes historic debut in American Ballet Theatre’s ‘Le Corsaire’

Brooklyn Mack, internationally acclaimed African-American ballet dancer formerly of the Washington Ballet, made an historic debut as a guest artist in American Ballet Theatre’s production of “Le Corsaire” at the Metropolitan Opera House, June 11-15.

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The Alvin Ailey School: 50 years and still going strong

On Thursday, June 13, the centerpiece of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Lincoln Center engagement will be The Ailey Spirit gala.

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DanceAfrica celebrates Rwandan rebirth/renewal in 2019

When DanceAfrica returns to BAM on Memorial Day weekend, it will highlight a dramatic international story of rebirth and transformation for Rwanda.

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Lindy Hopper ‘Queen of Swing’ Norma Miller passes at 99

Norma Miller, the beloved, effervescent, energetic “Queen of Swing,” was the last surviving member of an elite group of dancers known as Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers.

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Dancers Linda Celeste Sims, Glenn Sims to bring new addition to Ailey family

Anyone who has seen Ailey's exquisite Linda Celeste Sims perform duets with her husband Glenn Allen Sims can attest that there is always something magical in the air when the two dance together.

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Dance Theatre of Harlem City Center season celebrates 50 years

Dance Theatre of Harlem’s upcoming City Center season (April 10-13) is special for so many reasons.

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Carmen de Lavallade’s magical tour of a legendary ‘Life’

Dancer, actor, choreographer and charismatic, iconic performer Carmen de Lavallade takes audiences on a magical mesmerizing tour of what can only be described as a charmed life when she graces the Appel Room of Jazz at Lincoln Center with her show, “Life of a Legend,” Jan. 24 and 25 at 7 p.m. each night.

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