She also gained a scholarship to the prestigious Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation
. Career: After her dance career ended, Khandi became a choreographer, and worked with Whitney Houston on the successful I'm Your Baby Tonight tour.
As workers synchronize their steps at a construction site at 55th Street & 9th Avenue in Manhattan, the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation
's new home is taking shape by going down before it heads upward.
Luckman is retiring as executive director at Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation
, where she has been since 1992.
Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation
has announced plans for the construction of a new dance complex, complete with a series of studios, a black box theater and office space for administrative and educational outreach purposes.
"The idea is that if you're a fan of Ailey and you come to class here," says Sharon Luckman, executive director of Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation
, "you feel more connected." In addition, Ailey also makes sure to gather audiences' e-mail addresses during City Center intermissions.
The actual distance of the move is not far--six blocks south, one and a half blocks east--but as the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation
takes up residence in its gleaming new eight-story home, what the move represents is momentous.
Sharon Gersten Luckman, executive director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation
, effuses over their support, which began with touting assistance in 1979.
SHARON GERSTEN LUCKMAN, EXECUTIVE director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation
, explained, "Even with diminished tourism, we had record sales during our City Center season, up 6 percent from last year.
27, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation
, New York City, NY; Feb.