AAADTAlvin Ailey American Dance Theater
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Known for their passion, energy and talent, AAADT have performed in more than 70 countries for audiences in excess of 21 million.
With a repertory of 180 ballets, AAADT tours more than any dance company in the country.
And he knew that AAADT was his number one choice for a dancing career.
The New York Times) Founded in 1958 by Alvin Ailey, AAADT has become one of the world's leading dance companies, dedicated to honoring unique black cultural expression and the enrichment of the American modern dance heritage.
Recognizing his keen need for dance, his mother (both parents are ministers) managed to procure two tickets to a sold-out performance of AAADT where he saw Ailey's signature works Revelations and Cry.
When I first saw her onstage I thought she was oddly gorgeous and had so much integrity," says Judith Jamison, artistic director of AAADT.
She hopes AAADT will be able to use cell phones to do performance Q&As and provide behind-the-scenes messages that fans can phone in to hear.
For the 12-member Ailey II, the "junior company" to which the school's top students aspire, and from which many dancers feed into the AAADT (as well as Philadanco, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Elisa Monte Dance, LINES Contemporary Ballet, Complexions, and Broadway shows), the new home will mean an end to competing for space when both companies are rehearsing simultaneously.
School) has danced with AAADT as well as William Forsythe's Ballett