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Ailey Extension @Duke Ellington

Ailey Extension Teaches Alvin Ailey’s Renowned Dance Style to the Nation’s Capital

Horton Technique and Ailey Choreography Taught by Former Company Dancers on February 25 & 26 at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Ailey Experience at Ellington - SY16-17

In conjunction with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 2017 U.S. Tour (Washington, DC performances at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts from February 7-12), the Duke Ellington School of the Arts welcomes Ailey Extension to lead a special two-day workshop open to teens and adults (ages 13 and older) at all levels. Designed to expand Alvin Ailey’s life-long commitment to bring dance to everyone, Ailey Experience Workshops will take place at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts at Garnet-Patterson on February 25-26, 2017. The workshops are taught by former Ailey dancers Sarita Allen and Lisa Johnson-Willingham, who is also the director of Ailey Extension.

Dancers in the DMV area are invited to learn the rich history of Ailey’s signature style, which changed the perception of modern American dance around the world. During both days, the workshop will include a Horton technique class and an in-depth study of Alvin Ailey’s classics such as Revelations, Blues Suite, and Night Creature, each set to live accompaniment. Lisa and Sarita will also conduct a Q&A with students. All levels are welcomed to experience the choreography and creativity in a non-competitive, fun environment.

Be inspired by Ailey’s powerful performances and join in the dance off stage, learning technique firsthand from beloved Ailey stars! Each student will have a chance to win a scholarship to the two-week Ailey Experience Summer Workshop in New York City from August 7 – 18, 2017 held at Ailey’s permanent home, The Joan Weill Center for Dance – New York’s largest building dedicated to dance.

Schedule & Fees
Saturday, February 25 (4:00 – 6:45 p.m.) / $40
Sunday, February 26 (4:00 – 6:45 p.m.) / $40
Full Weekend Package (Saturday & Sunday) / $70

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit
Duke Ellington School of the Arts is located at 2001 10th Street NW (studio entrance – at the corner of 10th and U), Washington, D.C. 20001.

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