Alvin Ailey's celebration of dance

August 7, 2008 8:32:20 AM PDT
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is celebrating its golden anniversary. Lots of free festivities are planned to thank supporters and exposing newcomers to the world of modern dance.

From tiny dancers to the older set, everyone is welcome to put on their dancing shoes and move.

The modern dance troupe is holding free classes in all five boroughs for the next week to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The world famous company was founded by dancer/choreographer Alvin Ailey, who died twenty years ago. His mission: to make dance accessible to everyone.

"Alvin Ailey believed that dance came from the people and should be delivered back to the people. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to get back into the community and say thank you," Nasha Thomas-Schmitt said.

These classes are also about bringing a new generation into the world of dance.

The company will also have an all day street celebration outside City Center in Manhattan this weekend.

Inside, free performances of classic Ailey dances like Revelations and Blues Suite, but it's the chance to dance with the pros that for many is the biggest thrill of all.

Prizes are also being given away including free airline tickets.

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