Inspiring Performance by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

Last Thursday night my family and I went to see the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre for my mum’s birthday.  Although the evening was meant to celebrate my mum, the performance was so inspirational and appealed to me not just as a dancer, but in light of the work I do with dance4empowerment as well.

Alvin Ailey was an African American choreographer and an activist who founded the dance company in New York that bears his name. The goal of his dance company was to celebrate African-American culture through dance and movement. Drawing upon his childhood memories of oppression and segregation, Ailey popularized modern dance in the 20th century and, further, revolutionized African-American participation in dance performances.  Having recently visited the South on a Civil Rights journey, I was touched by Alvin Ailey’s story and impressed with his passion for dance. The legacy of Ailey’s commitment to dance and to his heritage was apparent in Thursday night’s performance. 

Ailey’s strong commitment to his “unique” community spoke to me the most as my non-profit, dance4empowerment, works towards the inclusion of people with disabilities.  My goal is to bring dance to as many people with disabilities in our communities as a means of self-expression and growth.  And, like Ailey, I hope that my program will continue to expand, improve, and influence over time.

2 thoughts on “Inspiring Performance by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

  1. I’m not surprised at how much you loved the Alvin Ailey performances. I have only seen them once but it left me breathless. Mazel Tov on your acceptance to Emory and hope to see you soon
    Aunt Syd

  2. Our very dear Sierra, great article, we know how easily you were able to relate to Alvin Ailey’s passion for dance, since it is very much your passion to be applied to your “dance4empowerment. We wish you well in your committment to what you are doing thru dance. Thanks for sharing this article, best of luck. Much love, bubbie & zaidie.

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