Dance And Academics Unite In Alvin Ailey Foundation Classes At The Detroit International Academy

Detroit, MI — For fifty years, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre has thrilled audiences around the world. To help celebrate the company’s golden anniversary, they will perform at the Detroit Opera House from February 12 through the 15th.

But part of their celebration includes reaching out into the community to share their talent and skills, and the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation selected a Detroit Public School for that honor. The Ailey Arts in Education Teaching Artists will work with the young ladies at the Detroit International Academy-a same sex school. The team of dancer/teachers will spend two weeks in residency at the school from January 26th through February 6th, working with nearly 180 middle and high-school students.

“This is the type of opportunity that virtually any young dancer hopes for. It is a great experience for our students to meet professional dancers and to learn early on just what they can become if they put their minds to it. It is also a wonderful self esteem builder for the students just to know that these professionals care enough to take the time to teach them,’ said Beverly Hibbler, Principal of DIA.

In the classes the instructors will use the study of Ailey’s life, career and his signature piece, ‘Revelations,’ to merge lessons in the dance with language arts and social studies. The Ailey team will be in the school all day, everyday and each of the selected students will spend one class session each day with the team.

After the two-weeks of lessons, there’s more for the DIA students. On February 12th, representatives from the Ailey Dance Theatre will return to DIA to present a lecture and dance demonstration to the entire school. The ‘piece de resistance’ takes place on February 13th when the 180 students who participated in the residency program will attend a performance by the dance company at the Opera House.

The media is invited to visit the residency classes.

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