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OFFSTAGE WITH AILEY

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater thrills and delights onstage each season at the Center, but this year the company’s engagement featured some major star turns off stage as well. The opening night cast party for Adrienne Arsht Center members has become a favorite Ailey tradition, with sophisticated Bombay Sapphire cocktails and serious dancefloor pyrotechnics. DJ Walshy Fire tweeted his review of the party: “off the CHAAAAAIN!”

During the engagement, the Center threw an “only in Miami” pig roast for the Ailey company. Forget traditional BBQ parties—this was a Cuban classic, cooked to perfection! 134 pounds of lechon nearly disappeared as the entire Ailey company feasted…in between performances!

Football royalty and dancing star himself, Chad Ochocinco, also added to the Ailey glow at the Center. A long-standing fan of the company and perhaps slightly obsessed with Artistic Director extraordinaire Judith Jamison, Ochocinco came for a performance and stayed for a special meet and greet with the company and his dance idol.

On stage or off, the Ailey company shines in the Magic City and we can’t wait for their return next season!



AILEYCAMP REUNION


Reunion time! More than 130 Adrienne Arsht Center/AileyCamp Miami 2010 campers, staff, volunteers, family and friends returned to the Center for a reunion luncheon in the Peacock Education Center of the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall. Supported by the Miami-Dade County Mayor, the Board of County Commissioners, and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs.

The AileyCamp program is a full scholarship camp for at-risk youth in grades 6-8, that provides instruction in modern dance, ballet, West African, and jazz, plus creative communication and personal development classes – all at no cost to campers and their families.

The reunion guests, many of whom hadn’t seen each other since last summer, caught up on events and activities over a pizza and salad lunch, while Nasha Thomas Schmitt, AileyCamp National Director, welcomed everyone to the reunion. After many hugs and applauses, the guests were shown—for the first time—the AileyCamp Miami 2010 “A Look Back” slide show, which highlighted activities and events during their six-week summer program, including the AileyCamp Miami final performance, for which the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall was packed with more than 1500 beaming, clapping, shouting friends and family members supporting these young students’ journey.
Following the slideshow, Alicia Melton, Adrienne Arsht Center’s Education and Outreach Assistant, announced the launch of the AileyCamp Miami Alumni Facebook Page and the AileyCamp 2011 application process. Going into its third year at the Adrienne Arsht Center, AileyCamp Miami has already staked its claim as one of the Center’s most vital and moving programs.

The reunion culminated with a group picture and the opportunity to attend that day’s matinee performance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Ziff Ballet Opera House with complimentary tickets provided by the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Education and Outreach division.



DANCE AT THE CENTER

February 2011 marks a milestone month for dance at the Center.  The Center expects to see more than 22,000 South Floridians leap through our doors for diverse and dynamic dance programs, making the Adrienne Arsht Center one of the premier venues for dance in the country.  Earlier this month Peru Negro and Eva Ayllon had Miamians dancing in the aisles; Miami City Ballet enchanted with a mixed bill featuring masterworks by Balanchine, Taylor and Tharp;  last week Rennie Harris’ young hip hop troupe, RHAW, made their Miami debut; and next week Flamenco Festival returns for the fourth consecutive season with Spain’s leading ambassadors of flamenco, Ballet Nacional de España.

This weekend, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater soars into town for what has become a beloved Miami tradition – the company’s annual performance residency at the Center showcasing the world’s greatest dancers and one of the most inspiring dance masterpieces, Revelations.  This season, Ailey celebrates 50 years of Revelations, honoring a dance that has travelled across continents, touching audience members from Brooklyn to South Africa.  Artistic Director Judith Jamison, now in the final year of her incredible 25-year tenure at the helm of the company, makes her last stop in Miami this season, passing the torch to Liberty City native Robert Battle.  With Miami’s native son posed to step into perhaps the most prominent dance leadership position in the country, now more than ever dance in Miami is exploding onto the local and national scene.

Come dance with us!




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