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February 14, 1991
The association between Baltimore and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater should generously reward both. For Baltimore it means a world renowned dance company will call Baltimore home for a month and, theater performances aside, spread its talent in visits, workshops and master classes to a variety of institutions to inspire and instruct the young dancers of Maryland. The Ailey team's farm club will tour the state.The company created by the late Alvin Ailey and now directed by his protege, Judith Jamison, will kick off its American spring tour and also its Baltimore association tonight, tomorrow and Saturday at the Mechanic Theater.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2012
Gifted with a mother's second sight, Catherine Johnson knew her daughter Jacqueline Green better than the child knew herself. In 2004, the eighth-grader insisted she had absolutely zero desire to study dance. "Oh, Mom," she said, rolling her eyes. "Why would I want to do that?" Nonetheless, at her mother's prodding and though she had never taken a dance class in her life, she auditioned for the Baltimore School of the Arts. On Tuesday, the 22-year-old Green will return to her hometown for the first time as a member of the main company of Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, one of America's premier modern dance troupes.
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By J. L. Conklin | February 15, 1991
"Forgotten Time," the company premiere by artistic director/choreographer Judith Jamison at the Mechanic Theatre last night, was Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's triumph in a program of dances weighed down by history.All three dances choreographed by Mr. Ailey -- "Cry," "Revelations" and especially the opening work, "Night Creatures," felt well-worn and dated, although each had its moments. But, seen next to these popular and accessible dances, Ms. Jamison's full-company, abstract work is full of mystery and anticipation.
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By Carolyn Kelemen | June 2, 2011
Here's great news for Howard County's dance fans: Columbia's sweetheart ballerina Alicia Graf Mack has rejoined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. So folks will again be able to see her perform live in some genuine Ailey classics at the Kennedy Center during the coming winter season. Even before she begins a 10-week tour with the world-renowned professional troupe, however, she has agreed to teach a master class with hometown dance students at the Ballet Royale Institute of Maryland.
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By Mike Giuliano | February 10, 1991
Even seated, Judith Jamison is a tall woman. Her black dress is like a waterfall that has a long way to go before reaching the floor. Her earrings are no mere circular dots, but likewise dangle down."
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By Mike Giuliano | April 29, 1991
When the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble performed and gave workshops last weekend at the Howard County Center for the Arts, it was yet another tangible sign of the residency agreement between the New York-based modern dance organization and the state of Maryland.In Howard County alone, for instance, there is even more Ailey activity on the way. The main company, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, will perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion June 27 as part of the Columbia Festival of the Arts.
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By Eric Siegel | May 1, 1991
The small stage was unpolished, the overhead lighting dim and the sound system scratchy.But the power of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre to reach across cultural barriers and capture an audience's attention was as evident yesterday in the Robert Poole Middle School gymnasium as it has been on many an international stage.And the appreciation shown by some 100 students at Poole -- a Hampden school where racial tensions prompted a visit by Mayor Kurt Schmoke in March -- was in its way as heartfelt as that at any glittering opening night performance.
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella,Staff Writer | February 13, 1992
Leaping forward while keeping a foot in the past may seem an impossible task. But not if you're a dancer, especially one of those long-limbed, taffy-elastic Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre dancers."
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By Eric Siegel | January 8, 1991
Tickets to three mid-February Baltimore performances by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater go on sale Sunday, but a four-week residency here by the acclaimed company, originally scheduled to begin this month, has been delayed until April, company officials said yesterday.The performances at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre Feb. 14, 15 and 16 -- which will kick off the company's 1991 North American tour -- were conceived as the culmination of a monthlong residency that was to have begun next week.
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella,Staff Writer | February 13, 1992
Leaping forward while keeping a foot in the past may seem an impossible task. But not if you're a dancer, especially one of those long-limbed, taffy-elastic Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre dancers."
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By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,special to the Sun | January 17, 2007
Clarissa Clark, 14, has been dancing since she was 8 years old. She practices six days a week, arriving at the Ballet Royale Institute of Maryland about 3:30 p.m. and staying until 7 p.m. most nights. Clarissa wants to be a famous dancer like Alicia Graf. "I want to become professional," Clarissa said. "I want people to look at me the way they look at Alicia Graf." So when she found out that Graf, who had trained at the Ballet Royale, would be giving a special class at her old dance school, Clarissa eagerly signed up. "I can't wait," she said, moments before Sunday's class began at Ballet Royale's studio on Red Branch Road in Columbia.
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By J. WYNN ROUSUCK and J. WYNN ROUSUCK,SUN THEATER CRITIC | April 2, 2006
THREE YEARS AGO, DANCE Magazine named Bahiyah Sayyed Gaines one of "25 to Watch." At the time, Sayyed Gaines was a principal dancer with New York's Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the magazine praised her "fierce dramatic sense [that] can take you to the lowest abyss or to the heights of ecstasy." These days, audiences are watching Sayyed Gaines on Broadway in The Color Purple. And though the reviews don't single her out, well, that's to be expected. In making her Broadway debut, she sacrificed being an Alvin Ailey star to dance in the chorus of a musical.
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By SLOANE BROWN | February 12, 2006
In case anyone forgot that the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland was celebrating its 50th birthday, reminders were everywhere at its annual "Gift of Life Gala." They came courtesy of the party's 1950s theme. The Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor ballroom popped with color, and each dining table featured a centerpiece made up of old 45-rpm records, fuzzy dice or models of classic cars anchoring a string of celebratory balloons. At each seat was a collection of 1950s candy, such as Pez, Necco wafers and Mary Janes.
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By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,SUN STAFF | November 4, 2004
Members of Congress are often elected after years serving in state legislatures, major league ballplayers are fostered on farm teams, and, in the competitive world of professional dance, the major companies cull from a second string. Tomorrow and Saturday, Ailey II, one of the best known of the dance feeder companies, will perform in Maryland. Tomorrow night the group dances at a sold-out performance at the Johns Hopkins University. On Saturday dancers will present two performances at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Black Rock Center for the Arts in Germantown.
FEATURES
By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,SUN ARTS WRITER | January 28, 2004
The Amtrak train slid into the station, snorting and coughing to a halt. Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell was waiting in the wintry chill. She slung her bag over her shoulder, stepped off the platform, and began her three-hour, 170-mile morning commute. For 11 years, Fisher-Harrell, 33, has been making the long trek from Baltimore to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater rehearsal studios in New York. The journey represents a remarkable commitment to dance, and to raising her young daughter at the less frenetic pace of Charm City.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Judith Green | April 16, 1998
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, flourishing in its 40th anniversary year under the stewardship of Judith Jamison, plays its annual engagement at the Kennedy Center next week. This has been going on since the Ailey dancers opened the Kennedy Center as part of the ensemble for Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" in 1975. As always, the company has brought a full slate of new works and great vintage pieces. You can see the immortal "Revelations," Ailey's tribute to black spirituals, on five of the seven programs; or George Faison's homage to Otis Redding, "Suite Otis," on three.
NEWS
By SLOANE BROWN | February 12, 2006
In case anyone forgot that the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland was celebrating its 50th birthday, reminders were everywhere at its annual "Gift of Life Gala." They came courtesy of the party's 1950s theme. The Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor ballroom popped with color, and each dining table featured a centerpiece made up of old 45-rpm records, fuzzy dice or models of classic cars anchoring a string of celebratory balloons. At each seat was a collection of 1950s candy, such as Pez, Necco wafers and Mary Janes.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Judith Green | April 16, 1998
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, flourishing in its 40th anniversary year under the stewardship of Judith Jamison, plays its annual engagement at the Kennedy Center next week. This has been going on since the Ailey dancers opened the Kennedy Center as part of the ensemble for Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" in 1975. As always, the company has brought a full slate of new works and great vintage pieces. You can see the immortal "Revelations," Ailey's tribute to black spirituals, on five of the seven programs; or George Faison's homage to Otis Redding, "Suite Otis," on three.
FEATURES
By J.L. Conklin and J.L. Conklin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 5, 1995
The Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, a cross between the professional company and the dance school, performed to a sold out house Sunday night at Shriver Hall. The Repertory Ensemble exposes young dancers to a variety of choreography and gives audiences a chance to see dancers coming down the line.Given the strong dancing of the 10 company members in the program's three works, the future looks good.Despite some last-minute program changes and cast scrambling, the cast was in high gear. Opening the program was Meridians," choreographed by Andre Tyson to the frenzied rhythms of composer Antonio Carlos Scott.
FEATURES
By Holly Selby and Holly Selby,Sun Staff Writer | February 18, 1995
Four years after Baltimore's Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Foundation presented its first performance, members of the cultural community are struggling to find ways to salvage bits of the internationally acclaimed ensemble's presence in Maryland.The foundation, created to bring New York's Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater here for performances and to develop outreach programs including summer dance camps, last month quietly folded -- director-less and in debt.Now, leaders of local arts circles are looking for ways to save the summer camps.
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