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This is one of the best dance studios/schools in the area. I had the privilege of doing a performance here and the staff and building were great. I would recommend any dance enthusiast to take a class or here or just go by to see a show.
Took a Salsa class here... Teacher was entertaining and informative. The variety of dance disciplines to learn is great and they also teach capoura. Studio was well lit and clean...definitely would take a class here again.
When I saw the posters of Alvin Ailey I realized I was familiar with them. But I never knew they gave dance lessons. I took a free class with Google for salsa. We learned the basic steps and learned how to style our dance. One hour went by fast and we left the class knowing a routine.
One of the icons of New York City, this dance company continues to impress. I had attended their anniversary performances several years ago, but recently attended my first class. I say first because I hope I get to return since their instructors are so friendly, patient and talented. The teacher took us through the basics of Salsa dancing, what separates from other dances like the Merengue and played some great music by Tito Puente. Definitely take a look at their weekly classes and you can even organize a private class with your friends!
This is THE dance studio to learn or perfect your dance moves. In addition to dance classes ranging in all levels and workshops they also offer fitness classes. I went to a beginner salsa taught by Joey. Did you know there are several forms of salsa? Yes, like 7 :) He taught us NY style salsa which is a lot harder than I would think. After getting the basics down, you are split into 2 groups and you rotate partners practicing all of the moves you learned. Fun, hardcore, intricate foot work, and Joey is no joke!
I went to a salsa class at Alvin Alley American Dance Theater named after the famous dancer Alvin Alley, who died at a very young age. There are many different dance classes at different levels. The beginners class taught by Joe was wonderful. The instructor Joe was very thorough and took his time to explain every step. After class, you will be ready to go out to the clubs dancing.
i have attended alvin ailey for 4 years in the junior division. it has improved my dancing ability tremendously, especially since i am an aspiring performer. they encourage their students to work harder everyday. I think anyone would enjoy this wonderful school.
great studios, amazing classes! took an Afro Brazilian class with Quenia and it was great! loved the live music
really good!!! they have classes that range from beginner to advanced. I've taken their hip hop, Afro-cuban and Afro-brazilian classes. Both the Afro-cuban and Afro-brazilian classes feature live drumming and are EXCELLENT cardio.
My son enjoys his classes and teachers. They are patient, kind, tough, and forces him to always do his very best.
My sister go there and she said it is amazing
Amazing Space. Rich History. Great Programs. Whether you're a professional or a beginner just wanting to stay active and have fun, Alvin Ailey provides ballet, hip hop, African and more.
Wonderful school with a great selection of classes. Excellent teachers, Sekou Miller has a winning personality and is a true teacher. Lots of fun!
Kids love this school! Awesome instructors!
Don't even know where to start... bottom line it's amazing & fanTastic!
Amazing on every level
Alvin Ailey is phenomenal. I love the performances. The energy, the art, the music. All makes it the best show to take your mind away from it all. Love Alvin Ailey!
A fan from when Jamison danced "Cry" I was hooked . What makes this dance conmpany stand out is it's ability to dig in the global-collective soul and bring to dance our past and our present. And they do this with the permission of the undying sprit.
I cannot get enough of Tweet Boogie's hip hop class. Its so much fun and it helps keep me healthy. I also love the beginner West African, Samba and House classes.
There is something for everyone at Ailey. It's a great welcoming environment. If you've been thinking about it, do it! You won't regret it!
I have been going for years now - West African with Maguette Camara and Sabar with Babacar M'Baye. I love, love, love my teachers. Ailey Extension is my most favorite place!!
I took class here on 2 occasions while on vacation. Great ballet classes! Just not very clear on the procedure for people who are not familiar with the studio.
They offer the general public free demos of their dancers warmup exercise.
I took an Advanced Beg Horton class on Saturday afternoon with Karen Arceneaux. She was fabulous -- she has the perfect attitude for a class with wide-ranging skill and levels. She never made me feel badly about not doing something perfectly, yet she always wanted us to strive to do our best. I would go back next time I'm in town. Love the studio too. Everyone was nice. It was clean and lovely. Only one downer -- they need towel service for a small fee or at least paper towels in the dressing room. I was going out to dinner/show after and would've liked to clean up better. Other than that, it was a perfect experience!
I took my first class at the extension for All Styles Vogue with Cesar Valentino - I loved the boutique class size (ours was about 10 people) which was great and was enough space to spread out and learn. Cesar made the experience of jumping into a new dance style fun, and super accessible to picking up. Each week features fresh new choreography to learn so I'm def excited to come back soon! Totally worth it, and beautiful studio space!
I've had nothing but great experiences here. The facilities are really lovely, and my teacher (Vic DiMonda, theater dance) is great! Professional yet fun classes, at a great rate (with a discount for performing arts professionals!)
I would highly recommend checking out a class here.
Enjoyed every performance with my family and friends. Looking forward to attending classes, for myself, as well, with my niece of 9 years old🤗👌🏽💐❗️I am prayerful, that we will be able to start off by registering for Saturday classes-/mornings/m-w-fri. All the best😘👍😁
Beautiful studio and great instructors
I love Quenia's samba class
Amazing dancers~! Just go, you won't be disappointed by their performances. Try to sit still in the audience chair.....Control yourself, remember this, you're not the dancer.
I regret I took a flight all the way to Frankfurt to see the performance! I live in Bulgaria, I bought a plane ticket, I booked a hotel and I paid 96 Euro for a ticket only to see something that would be perfect to entertain Barack Obama after Sunday mass in church. It was also pretty decent for a family show in Vegas. But this performance had nothing to do with the fantastic photos one can see of the Alvin Ailey amazing jumps. They did not jump at all! Do they use separate jumpers for the photos and the deceiving photos? They did not fly, like on photos - it was more like walking on the stage. The performance was rather mediocre and it was not modern ballet, it was not contemporary, it was nothing.
The difficulty of the performance, rated from 1 to 10, was clearly 1,5.
I saw great looking dancers showing something so simple, it was an insult. Still, I give the show 2 stars, as the moves of the dancers were impeccable.
However, I will never spend another penny more on Alvin Ailey performance even if they come to Bulgaria.
My daughter has been waiting to dance at this Prestigious School for many years. A beautiful 6 Story Facility on the West Side of Manhattan. Wheelchair accessible ramp and entrance. The lobby is modern and clean with photos of the Staff and Founder. Security stand in the front and Box Office downstairs. Clean restrooms in every floor. Tours of the facility are available. Looking forward to going back.
Everyone should experience an Alvin Ailey performance at least once in their lifetime. Very rhythmic and stirring.
It's fantastic place and to clean place and historical places and people are skills and experience with warm greetings from the place to stay in touch with you and your family and friends is responsible executive performances and trendy pleasure to have a great time in touch
I saw the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater at the gorgeous City Center and it was a thing of sublime beauty.
This was my first time and what a way to become indoctrinated into the world of dance theater!
To start was Gustavo Ramirez Sansano's "Victoria" instead of the standard fare, much to the dismay of the elderly patrons. I LOVED IT! I particularly loved the music "Rewriting Beethoven's Seventh Symphony". Written by award-winning composer Michael Gordon, it was an avant-garde, seamlessly morphing piece that relentlessly drove the dancers throughout the mesmerizing first act.
The second was "Members Don't Get Weary". It was much more traditional so I'm sure the old biddies loved it, but honestly it was the more forgettable of the three for me.
The third act, "Stack-Up" choreographed by Talley Beatty, KILLED IT DEAD. I almost got up out of my seat to dance when the disco music started ahead of the dancers taking the stage. B-boys/girls, disco divas and some fabulous silver lamè pants... I don't know how they stretched like they did. It's like someone made it special just for Gen-X. It's our time dammit!
What a finale! I didn't want it to end! I can't stop gushing about it. If this is the future of Alvin Ailey then it's in wonderful hands. I want to do this again next year!
We have been taking private group classes and tours here for the past 7 years. The old group services coordinator, Kristen, was amazing, howevee their new coordinator, Selena Campbell, is a NIGHTMARE. She is never available during her office hours and doesn't return phone calls. We arrived for our private master class and tour which had been paid in full only to be told she did not make arrangements for the tour. Ailey is a highlight of our trip and this girls casts a negative light on an outstanding legacy. We will not be returning in years to come if she is in charge of groups.
Thank you for coming back to Charlotte, NC! I'm 31 years old now and I cried last night after seeing another amazing performance by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. You inspired me for the first time when I was 13 years old when Ailey II came to my small town in Beaufort, SC. Here I am years later, a dance educator for my own company, MufukaWorks, Charlotte Ballet teaching artist, and able to teach dance in public school all day and all students. It will be my dream to pass on the touch to another dancer just like you did for me. Amazing performance and just loved to see the work of a new choreographer to me Kyle Abraham. Come back to Charlotte, NC every year and keep coming to those small towns around us too. You have our support!
The staff must have been trained in hospitality, because I felt like I was staying at a five star hotel. Campus is clean and structure is sturdy. There were no cracks in the wall or banana peels on the floor. Also worth noting that the students are the most shapely and conditioned in the entire city.
Beautiful artistry shown during every performance!! We definitely felt the emotions of the dance pieces..
Wonderful intro salsa class taught by an incredible woman from the Baila Society - half footwork and half partner dancing. Has made me more comfortable going to Latin dance clubs/bars across the city.
From Absolute Begonner to Professional....quwlity classes, family atmosphere.
The West African Dance class on Monday evenings is simply extraordinary. I have never loved every minute of a dance class in the quite a few years. It gives me LIFE and restores my faith in humanity.
The studio is perfect and quite frankly beautiful.
However, they are quite uncooperative. I had booked a class and due to heavy rains the public transport was broken. The refused to accommodate or extend even with a fee. Please work on your customer service skills.
I took the Beginner West African Dance. The instructor was amazingly patient, talented, and energetic. The live-music, drummers, brought a joy to me that I can't describe. Overall the dance class was a wonderful experience. The staff too were very welcoming and very helpful in identifying other classes and opportunities I would be interested in. (The registration process was very smooth and easy as well)
Family and friends have been and will be a great part of that dance company!
Went to see the BFA Fall Concert, and I love it.
1. They have a very clear division between actual school classes and classes for the public. Some classes are completely off limits for public. If you go to actual school class and not community class, they point out to everyone in class that you are what they call a "guest with us" which I find highly humiliating.
2. High quality of instruction when it comes to school classes. Community ballet classes could be by far better taught.
3. You have many options here in all types of dance styles and techniques. Many dance workshops you can choose from. All in all, you will enjoy going there for a class.
4. If you decide to audition for the school, you MUST BE BETWEEN AGES 16-25 as they almost never make exceptions for someone who is older than that. Might as well not try at all.
So, in terms of excellence, 5 stars for school quality and 3 stars for community classes.
I have not been at this school yet, but I already a bit disappointed, spending 10 min on they website and didn't find such simple thing as an address. it's kind of ridiculous when school don't leave information about its location. Or hid it very hard.
- never heard any feedback from Ailey despite my many attempt to reach out (social networks, front desk…) and them telling me my request is in good hand.
- on March 9th, a student threw up during the class, because it was overcrowded and no control on temperature in the room. A room in the basement with no windows doesn't help.
- for some reason, when another teacher is subbing, we end up on the ground floor, in a classroom with windows. It doesn't seem very fair.
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I have been following Voguing class for a while at Ailey Extension. Before attending classes regularly here, I have been trying other classes around town. It happened to me that Cesar, the teacher, was doing an amazing job at not only teaching how to Vogue, but also at being INCLUSIVE, which means showing strong teaching skills. You can be good at something, but it doesn’t mean you will be good at teaching it… well, Cesar’s classes at Ailey Extension combine both of these skills.
This reflects a lot in the crowd following the class: it is super diverse, in background, age, gender… and this is exactly, as a foreigner like me, but resident here now, what NYC is about: diversity. Cesar Valentino not only brings Voguing and teaching to a high level, but also brings the true essence of NYC, and this is everything.
The great thing about Voguing here is to learn about walking a runway, but also empowerment through femininity! No matter your gender, everyone wear heels here, and everyone gets super excited about it! It’s not only a performing class, it’s also a lot about exploring yourself and gain self-confidence through femininity. Every time friends of mine are visiting, I bring them to this class, and their enthusiasm when leaving it means a lot, and it works every time thanks to Cesar and his skills.
But why such a bad rating you might ask.. well, the thing is that it feels like Ailey extension doesn’t support what happens here:
1/ Vogue class used to happen in upper level rooms when I started in spring, but now we are in a basement every time, in a room that is way too small and runway gets difficult because of overcrowded room. It feels like Ailey Extension feels shame about showing men wearing heels to the public, when other classes with heels are being put under the light. Historically, the Vogue community has always been struggling and considered underground. Nowadays, vogue communities and scenes are popping everywhere in the world, not to mention TV shows like My House or Pose, but Ailey Extension seems like not really understanding the potential of this, and keep « us » in a basement. It just feels wrong.
2/ There is only one class a week here, where in every other dance facility, vogue classes happen 3 to 4 times a week. This is very frustrating when you enjoy such a class to only have it once a week… again, why??
At the end, it feels like Ailey Extension doesn’t fully support Voguing, and it hurts to feel not supported, specially when as a participant to this class, you can feel such a high energy every time. Maybe I missed something, or maybe Ailey Extension is a bit blind.
So, this message feels a bit like an open letter: Dear Ailey Extension, would you make a statement in supporting this class, open new sessions and help build a community here!! Until then, I have decided to not fully support Ailey Extension as long as they are not ready to make a change and be more rewarding to what happens here, until further notice.
I hope you will hear this message, because I’m living for Saturdays thanks to Cesar and his Voguing class, but the bitter taste I get from the lack of support from A.E. needs to be solved.
Will 2019 be the year for Vogue to shine at Ailey Extension?
I hope yes!
Great experience!!! Good staff, good teachers, good vibes. And wonderful classes.
Glad they got funding to build their "HOUSE & HOME"...Jeez what a nice place. Good thing too because that hood is greedy and selfish and ... Oh well anyway. Not going to let this frame me up. Best of luck with the vibrating season at that good ol' boy's Lincoln Center!! Yay. They're bonn' try to have a season! Yay! Try!! Yay!!
Awesome classes to refine your dancing skills. Helped me fuse ballet and hip hop.
Great place. Very friendly!
Great staff, Had amazing experience.
Do NOT go here. It’s so bad and expensive. I just cannot express how terrible this is. Waste of time.
I just love this place
Finis Jung is a true legend! Really enjoy his class at Ailey’s. Looking forward to taking more classes there. Hope the pandemic will be over soon.
I saw the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater at the gorgeous City Center and it was a thing of sublime beauty.
This was my first time and what a way to become...read this and 58 more