On May 7th, The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater returned to Harlem’s world-famous Apollo Theater for a one-night-only event. Performances by the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, rising stars of Ailey II, gifted young dancers from The Ailey School, and talented students from AileyCamp Washington Heights and Newark were the smashing highlight. Ailey’s 2013 Spring Gala marked the first time all tiers of the organization have come together to perform on one stage.
|Almaz and Marc Strachan. Photo by Christopher Duggan|
|Angela and Robert Kissane. Photo by Christopher Duggan|
|Eboni Marshall Turman, Ph.D and Rossie Turman, III. Photo by Freddie Rankin|
|Honorary Chair Kimberly Chandler and her daughter. Photo by Christopher Duggan|
The benefit, honoring Ailey Board of Trustees member Robert Kissane, raised a record breaking $1 million dollars for student scholarships to The Ailey School and the organization’s Arts In Education & Community Programs, including AileyCamp. Artistic Director Robert Battle welcomed Honorary Chair Kimberly Chandler and over 900 guests, including Amsale Abrera, Bevy Smith, Emilio Sosa, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Emily Blavatnik, Judith Jamison, Terry McMillan, Khephra Burns, and Henry McGee. Gala co-chairs were Lynne and Anthony M. Carvette, Leslie and Tom Maheras, David E. Monn, and Almaz and Marc Strachan; and vice chairs were Michele and Timothy Barakett, Judith Byrd, Eboni Marshall Turman and Rossie E. Turman III, and Yelberton R. Watkins.
Thanks to Emily and the Ailey PR Team for providing the photos and copy.
Have a great weekend all!