Alvin Ailey believed that “dance is for everybody.” He dedicated his company to serve not only as performers, but as teachers and role models to tens of thousands of children each year. Since its founding in 1958, the Ailey organization has honored this commitment to bring dance into the classrooms, communities, and lives of people throughout the world. The Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs (AIE) department represents a vital continuation of Alvin Ailey’s original vision. Since 1992, AIE has given over 100,000 young people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to explore their creative potential while also imparting life skills such as teamwork and self-discipline. Students receive dance training in a comprehensive format that inspires self-respect and confidence, while also
Arts Education Programming:
AileyDance Kids residencies are structured to implement and achieve the goals of the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance and its accompanying strands fro K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 grade students, and supports the Common Core NYS standards. Techniques with live percussion include creative movement, modern dance, and West African Dance. Middle Schools can select a residency focused on Alvin Ailey’s signature work, Revelations. Additional dance styles offered are tap, jazz, hip hop, and ballet. An Ailey residency can include a planning meeting, culminating presentation by the students, a lecture-demonstration, a tour of The Ailey School, tickets to see Ailey II, and more. Each residency is customized to accommodate a school’s goals and funding level. Teachers receive a Resource Guide for Educators with b
Supports For Students With Disabilities
In 2015, Ailey AIE launched an initiative focusing on professional development for its teaching faculty with pilot residencies in seeral NYC DOE D. 75 schools. The goal of this initiative is to increase the teaching artists’ understanding of the spectrum of learning challenges (physical, social, emotional) of students with disabilities, while also learning successful teaching strategies for engagement, focus, and participation by the students in a structured dance class. Ailey AIE has invested in teaching tools and props to aid in instruction, as well has developed a visual schedule for use by teaching artists in classrooms of students with disabilities. Performances tailored to students with disabilities are offered during school-time hours.
Supports For English Language Learners
Ailey AIE teaching artists are skilled and experienced instructors trained to work with students who are English Language Learners. Increasing English vocabulary is achieved through the dance instruction. Dance is a universal language of expression. Our teaching artists work to give a voice to all students, while working to increase articulate verbal expression of dance terms and artistic ideas.