Ailey Dancers Sean Carmon, Jacqueline Green and Collin Heyward
The Future and Present Stars of Ailey Shined on the Apollo Stage for a Memorable Gala Benefit
NEW YORK, NY - On May 7th, Ailey returned to Harlem’s world-famous Apollo Theater for a one-night-only event that featured performances by the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, rising stars of Ailey II, gifted young dancers from The Ailey School, and talented students from AileyCamp Washington Heights and Newark. Ailey’s 2013 Spring Gala marked the first time all tiers of the organization have come together to perform on one stage.
The benefit, honoring Ailey Board of Trustees member Robert Kissane, raised a record breaking 1 million dollars for student scholarships to The Ailey School and the organization’s Arts In Education & Community Programs, including AileyCamp. Artistic Director Robert Battle welcomed Honorary Chair Kimberly Chandler and over 900 guests, including Amsale Abrera, Bevy Smith, Emilio Sosa, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Emily Blavatnik, Judith Jamison, Terry McMillan, Khephra Burns and Henry McGee. Gala co-chairs were Lynne and Anthony M. Carvette, Leslie and Tom Maheras, David E. Monn, and Almaz and Marc Strachan; and vice chairs were Michele and Timothy Barakett, Judith Byrd, Eboni Marshall Turman and Rossie E. Turman III, and Yelberton R. Watkins. Together with the stars of Ailey, attendees danced the night away at the post performance party, which featured music by special guest DJ Kiss.
Herb and Simin Allison with Artistic Director Robert Battle
Honorary Chair Kimberly Chandler and daughter Sacha-Marie
Student from The Ailey School, Robert Battle, Honoree Robert Kissane and wife Angela Kissane
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performing Alvin Ailey's Revelations
Students from The Ailey School performing Synthesis
Event Co-Chairs with Robert Battle and Honoree Robert Kissane
Join in the celebration as Ailey’s 21-city North American tour returns to the NY tri-state area for performances at Newark’s NJPAC (May 10-12) and Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater (June 12 – 16). Visit here for more information.
Press release/Photo credit: Christopher Duggan for Alvin Ailey