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Front of the Alvin Ailey building

Stepping Into the New Semester

August 21, 2020

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has made their plans for the fall. Now dance students must make theirs.

Denise Jefferson (left) and Francesca Harper (right) pose together for a photo

The Joie de Vivre of Denise Jefferson Lives On 10 Years Later

July 17, 2020

Ten years after the death of Denise Jefferson, former director of The Ailey School and founder of the Fordham/Ailey BFA program, her daughter Francesca Harper looks back at the powerful legacy Jefferson left behind.

Courtney Celeste Spears featured in

Dancing Queen: Courtney Celeste Spears

June 19, 2020

Driven by ambition, Fordham-Ailey BFA graduate Courtney Celeste Spears rarely lets anything get in the way of her success.

A screen capture of the commencement website congratulating seniors on finishing their undergraduate careers.

Seniors Graduate Without In-Person Ceremony

May 13, 2020

A virtual ceremony is a placeholder for the indefinite commencement of the Class of 2020. Students share mixed reactions.

Scerbak’s injury forced her to check her hubris and find her strength.

Lessons Learned on the Road to Recovery

March 29, 2019

Alvin Ailey dancer, Jaclyn Scerbak, reflects on how a foot injury in the beginning of her senior year changed her life. Her injury forced her forced her to check her hubris and find her strength — starting a new chapter in her life.

The Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Independent Study in Choreography performance (ISC) offers seniors students in the Ailey/Fordham BFA dance program the rare opportunity to test their creative capacity in the form of original choreography.

Vulnerable Spaces

March 21, 2019

The Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Independent Study in Choreography performance (ISC) offers seniors students a rare opportunity to test their creative capacity by choreographing original pieces. The Observer discusses the project with four Ailey B.F.A. seniors about their inspiration for their pieces and thought process when it comes to creating original choreography.

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, celebrating its 60th anniversary, takes a look back at its storied history.

To Mr. Ailey and the Ascent, with Love

February 6, 2019

A love letter to the diverse landscape offered by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.


Bailar Para Juntar

September 14, 2017

By CARSON THORNTON GONZALEZ Features Editor We all strive to find that which incorporates what we love with a way ...

Conan's excursion to Ailey, which was taped on Oct 12, aired on TBS on Oct. 30. (COURTESY TEAMCOCO VIA YOUTUBE)

Conan Heads to Alvin Ailey

November 8, 2016 By MORGAN STEWARD Arts and Culture Co-Editor A few lu...

Ailey II’s Spring Season at the Ailey Citigroup Theater runs from March 30 to April 10.  (COURTESY OF COURTNEY CELESTE SPEARS; PHOTO BY EDUARDO PATINO, NYC)

Ailey II Spring Season, Right Around the Corner

February 4, 2016

By SABRINA POLKOWSKI Staff Writer Just off a tour of 25 cities in the United States as well as Italy and ...

Laurretta Summerscales and Junor Souza in Fractured Memory by Max Westwell.  (PHOTO COURTESY OF ASH/ ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET)

Dance Across the Pond

July 27, 2015

By SYDNEY THORNELL Contributor As a dancer, I feel that it’s important to be well-rounded in many styles, ...

Dancers at Ballet Hispanico bring Latin American culture to audiences around the world. (Courtesy of Omar Z Robles)

Dancing with Ballet Hispanico

February 26, 2015

  By JOSEPH RAMETTAAsst. Arts & Culture EditorPublished: February 26, 2015 Not all college stude...