Alvin Ailey Wage$ War

Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre - photo: Andrew Eccles

Alvin Ailey’s annual gala at the Kennedy Center in D.C recently passed; however, several company members chose to boycott the reception. The culprit? Money.

Ailey is the fourth largest dance company in the United States, and yet their paychecks don’t reflect that statistic. Now, the dancers are asking management for new negotiations when it comes to pay. Director Robert Battle told the Washington Post, "We will get through it, because there's a reason that the Alvin Ailey dance company has withstood the test of time. We're a big family, and sometimes we just need to talk, you know what I'm saying?” 

Hopefully the “talk” happens soon, because the Ailey dancers have already started to take matters into their own hands. They have started an Instagram page called Artists Of Ailey, and while the page seems fairly neutral right now, you can spot signs of frustration. Hashtags such as #UnionStrong #ReachingForTheStandard #AGMA and #AGMADancers have been used throughout the posts. You can tell that these dancers are ready to fight for what they believe in… but we hope this will end in peace and not war!

photo credit: Andrew Eccles

Valentine's Day For the Dance Lover

So you’ve got yourself a boo thang, and you're crazy about them, but you can’t deny your one true love… dance. So how do you make both of your loves happy on the same day? Why not bring the two together? 

This Valentine's day, make it a three’s company kind of night and introduce your loved one to the other commitment in your life. For example, if you’re in NYC, you can take your bae to the soiree at the Ailey Studios. Neville Dance Theatre is hosting a champagne party this year where you can grab a drink, watch some dance, and feel the love in the air. Plus, the event is black tie, so you know your boo is going to look good! It’s truly a win-win situation.  

If you’re single… go take a dance class. What better way to treat yo self on V-day then to treat yourself to a great class. Move it out, shake it out, and let it go. Single = no problem when you have dance by your side. 

But wait, we’re just talking! Not ready to take your date to dinner and a show? Take them dancing instead. There’s no better way to test the waters then to see if they can stand the heat of the dance floor. Dance is truly the answer to all of your Valentine’s scenarios. So happy lovers day pluggers! Love yourself, love others, and love dance. 

A Guide To Ice Dancing

Happy Monday, Pluggers! The Olympics are well underway, and chances are most of you have been watching at least parts of the games (or at least have had it on in the background while you're cooking dinner). Personally, I love watching ice skating - probably because it's the most similar to dancing (it was originally created to translate the characteristics of ballroom dancing onto the ice).

There are a lot of different categories for skating in the Olympics . Ice dancing places a lot of importance on storytelling, and skaters are not permitted to be physically separate for more than five seconds at a time. They're also never allowed to be more than two arms' lengths away at any point during their performance; moreover, the lifts, throws and jumps are what differentiate its from pairs figure skating. The performers can use any type of music, as long as there is a clear beat.

Want to see more of this sport? You're in luck - you can catch ice dancing on NBC's coverage of the Olympics on the 18th and 19th at 8pm EST. If you're curious,  click here for more details on ice dancing rules and regulations.

BalletNext is Back in Town


The contemporary ballet company BalletNext is coming back to the stage. The company, founded by former American Ballet Theatre principal Michele Wiles, has been on hiatus for a while she was on maternity leave. But now they’re back, and they have quite the show planned.

The company will be performing at New York Live Arts on March 6th through the 10th, and they’re bringing several new works to the stage. All of these new works involve the incorporation of live music collaboration, and they have been inspired by Wiles reflection during her time away from the company. This will also be Wiles’ first time back on the stage, post-baby.

The pieces are entitled “Vibrer”, “Follin", “Experience”, and “Pianist.” Another cool tidbit...designer Tory Burch (yes - as in the purse designer), will be designing the BalletNext costumes. Take a look at the website to see the collab.