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Zita Allen

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A brief conversation with an icon: Arthur Mitchell

rthur Mitchell, founder of the historic Dance Theater of Harlem and the first Black dancer to become a principal with a major American ballet company, George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet, was honored with the 2014 Bessie Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Apollo Theater Monday, Oct. 20.

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Geoffrey Holder: The gentle giant

Geoffrey Lamont Holder, a multitalented artistic force of nature whose commanding 6-foot-6 frame, baritone voice and enthusiastic laugh were outward manifestations of an incandescent spirit and an inimitable creative genius, made his transition Sunday at age 84, as a result of complications pneumonia.

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Ailey returns to Lincoln Center June 11-22

This month, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) will return to Lincoln Center from June 11-22 for an exciting season that will feature the exquisite Ailey dancers in world premieres, new productions and timeless masterpieces that are sure to dazzle audiences.

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DanceAfrica 2014: Celebrating Africa’s Bantaba

This Memorial Day weekend, the 37th annual celebration of DanceAfrica, the nation’s largest festival dedicated to African culture, sweeps into the Brooklyn Academy of Music with a exuberant exploration of the rich cultural heritage of Madagascar with “DanceAfrica 2014: Celebrating Africa’s Bantaba (“dancing ground”).

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DTH’s dazzling present, promising future

Dance Theatre of Harlem’s (DTH) recent season at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater was all too brief but dazzling on so many levels.

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Ailey II celebrates 40 years

Hold on to your seats! Ailey II, the wildly talented second company of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, celebrates its 40th anniversary season with an exciting program of familiar favorites and delightful new works at the Ailey Citigroup Theater from April 2-13.

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Alvin Ailey Brings Joy to NYC

One of the most magnificent joys of the holiday season is the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 2013 season at City Center in Midtown Manhattan.

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Fall for Dance with Ron Brown, Alvin Ailey and others

It’s that time again—time for the Fall for Dance Festival, New York City Center’s annual offering of showstopping performances by a dazzling mix of familiar favorites and new faces.

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'Revelations'--celebrating the 50th anniversary of a masterpiece

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Alvin Ailey's iconic masterpiece "Revelations" and with Artistic...

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Judith Jamison and the Ailey company's labor of love

Judith Jamison's name is so synonymous with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater that when...