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Alvin Ailey Holiday Benefit Raises $2.4 Million For The Arts

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is a national Black treasure. The theater recently kicked off their holiday season with its Opening Night Gala Benefit event. With Solange serving as the evening’s Honorary Chair, the special event raised an astounding $2.4 million in support of the creation of new works, scholarships to The Ailey School and Ailey’s educational programs for young people.

Alvin Ailey Opening Night

Photo: Artistic Dir. Emerita Judith Jamison, Honorary Chair Solange Knowles and Artistic Director Robert Battle. Photo by Christopher Duggan

 

The evening also included performances that paid homage to the works of Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and more by live musicians and singers, including the legendary Ella Mitchell.

The company’s tradition of using art to push for social change is one that continues to move its mission further. “This idea that activism can change the world is a cornerstone of what Ailey is about,” Ailey artistic director Robert Battle. told EBONY.com.

Through the New Year’s Even season finale, Ailey’s 32 renowned dancers will captivate audiences with three would premieres, one company premiere and a variety of favorites, classic and special programs. The season will continue in the US with a 19-city tour beginning in February. For more information on how to see the dance company in your city, visit www.alvinailey.org.