Thursday, March 10, 2011

For the "modern" dancer

There are many non-traditional dancers out there, and by non-traditional I mean have a love for something other than ballet.

The definition of modern is: A form of contemporary theatrical and concert dance employing a special technique for developing the use of the entire body in movements expressive of abstract ideas.

A brief background on who Alvin Ailey is and why this company is named after him.
He was born Jan. 5, 1930 and was an American choreographer and activist. He founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York. He is creditited with popularizing modern dance and revolutionizing African- American participation in 20th century concert dance.

On March 20 at the Queen Elizabeth Theater in Canada the Alvin Alley American Dance Theater will be performing four different dances. The show starts at 2
  • Anointed
  • In/Side
  • Dancing Spirit
  • Revelations (This is the picture that I have at the top of the page)
Not only will they be performing but they will also be holding public and professional classes as well.

On Friday March 25, the company will be back performing in the United States with Ailey II
They will be performing in Ardmore, Oklahoma at 7pm. Tickets prices range from free to $20. If you are a membership box office: Tuesday, March 1 tickets are free, but it's open to the gemeral public, Tuesday, March 15 and are $10 for students and $20 for adults. I have never seen the Tuesday with the date next to it, but I'm assuming that means it's the date the tickets go on sale.

On March 25, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will be performing in Seattle, Washington at 8pm.

For those of us who live in Florida, it's very rare they actually do come down here, but if you want to see them perform at all, you can go to your public library and rent one of their performances on either VHS or DVD, or if you're willing to spend the money, go on their website find a show in a city you would like to visit and watch them live!

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