in the opening section: "I Been 'Buked"
Knowing the heritage of AAADT
from his own childhood experiences, Robert was keen to develop the company while ensuring it remained true to its roots.
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.
In many ways AAADT
has become as much Jamison's project as it was Ailey's.
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