Beginning the week of April 17th, The Ailey Extensions annual World Dance Celebration returns. Students of all levels are invited to participate in the workshops which explore movement styles from around the world, and culminate in performances at The Ailey Citigroup Theater on Saturday, June 11th and Sunday, June 12th. Workshops will be offered in the following techniques:
Samba/Afro-Brazilian with Quenia Ribieiro: Sunday, April 17th June 5th, 6pm: This workshop incorporates Afro-Brazilian dance moves with the rhythms of Brazilian Samba.
West African with Vado Diomande: Sundays, April 17th June 5th, 4:30pm: Performer and teacher Vado Diomande leads this workshop, bringing together mind, body, and spirit in an energetic union of the music, dance and oral tradition of West Africa.
Sabar with Babacar MBaye: Mondays, April 18th June 9th, 8pm: Originating from Senegal, this high energy dance style incorporates full body movement, including jumps and twists.
Afro-Cuban with Noibis Licea: Thursdays, April 21st June 9th, 8pm: Participants will learn a unique blend of African and Cuban traditional styles, set to live drumming.
SharQui Bellydance with Sharon Zaslaw: Fridays, April 22nd June 10th, 8pm: A structured approach to bellydance that will have students shimmying and shaking.
West African with Maguette Camara: Fridays, April 22nd June 10th, 8pm: Renowned instructor Maguette Camara leads this workshop, which brings together mind, body, and spirit in an energetic union of the music, dance and oral tradition of West Africa.
Masala Bhangra with Sarina Jain: Wednesdays, May 4th June 8th, Thursday, June 9th, Friday June 10th, 7:30pm
In addition to these exciting workshops, The Ailey Extension offers over 80 classes per week in 25 different dance and fitness techniques. Students of all levels have the opportunity to take classes in all of the techniques listed above, in addition to hip-hop, Salsa, yoga, ballet, jazz, tap, Zumba, and more.