THEARC Welcomes AppleTree Students to Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Company

THEARC welcomed over 170 students from AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School's Douglas Knoll and Parklands campuses to a Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Company master class in celebration of Black History Month. The renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Company has performed for 23 million people around the world and is widely recognized for its celebration of the unique African-American cultural experience and preservation of the American modern dance heritage.

Three Alvin Ailey dancers -- Hope Boykin, Michael McBride, and Belen Pereyra -- took time off from their tour stop at the Kennedy Center to perform four pieces choreographed to various style of music, from Dizzy Gillespie’s jazz to gospel songs like “Wade in the Water.” The dancers then invited AppleTree's three- and four-year-olds on stage to learn a routine of their own. Shannon Anderson, principal of AppleTree’s southeast campuses, was thrilled by the opportunity to take AppleTree students on such an enriching field trip.

“I’m pleased we are able to broaden our students’ scope of dance and culture so early in life,” she said. "We were honored to be invited to see the Alvin Ailey dancers at THEARC and look forward to future collaboration," Anderson stated.