This proud troupe, with its sensational dancers, puts on a show like no other. The male corps de ballets, led by Clifton Brown (click at left), is an ensemble of dancing gods. Who can resist their amazing moves? The love affair between the Ailey company and its audience is also very special.
Performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion were particularly sweet following the announcement of a $20 million dollar gift for dance presentation from patron Glorya Kaufman. It was a happy day for dance in Los Angeles.
After the Saturday matinee performance, the audience emptied the theatre onto the Plaza to witness the Music Center’s fun community participation program, “A Taste of Dance” in peak session. Ailey Dancer Matthew Rushing, shown flying at right, taught a brief section of Ailey’s masterpiece Revelations to anyone who wanted to take a run at it.
Having studied copiously at the Ailey school when I was a dancer in New York, I was not about to miss out on the fun. I’m tucked into this tangle of people practicing the opening steps of “Wade in the Water.”
Here, Rushing leads a parade of future Alvin Ailey dancers (click photo for detail):