Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Holds Public Workshop During Miami Visit

New York City-based Alvin Ailey Dance Theater hosted a public workshop Wednesday night that gave local dancers across South Florida the opportunity to learn about some of the company’s iconic choreography.

During the nearly two-hour class at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, more than 30 participants followed the steps and rhythms of two Alvin Ailey dancers. The workshop was an opportunity for the theater performing in Miami this week to fulfill the mission of its founder, Alvin Ailey, said dancer Jacquelin Harris.

“Lord. Ailey was really about giving back to people,” Harris said. “He believed that dance came from people and that it should be given back to people. And public relations is an absolutely important part of what we do. ”

The modern dance company, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary, has historically tried to address social justice through dance. Previous work has examined the civil rights movement, black femininity, and mass imprisonment.

During the training session, local dancers learned part of “Revelations”, one of the theater’s most famous routines.

“It’s all about freedom and love,” Harris said, noting that the choreography includes balet and negro-spiritual music.

Participants in the workshop included dancers from the Miami Heat, as well as local middle and high school students.

Trinity Cox, who lives in Fort Lauderdale, said the workshop gave her a sense of what it’s like to dance to Alvin Ailey’s choreography.

“I almost cried,” she said. “I really felt the essence of Alvin Ailey.”

Mei-Ling Ho-Shing, who is black, added that it was noteworthy that the workshop was held during Black History Month. She praised “Revelations” for dealing with freedom and black rights through her choreography.

“All the things we had to go through and the risks we had to take. It’s an amazing piece, ”she said.

In the original version of this story, the names of Jacquelin Harris and Mei-Ling Ho-Sing were misspelled. We regret the mistake.

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