About The Ailey School

Alvin Ailey

Tracy Inman and Melanie Person
Co-Directors, The Ailey School

Troy Powell
Artistic Director, Ailey II

Sylvia Waters
Artistic Director Emerita, Ailey II

The Ailey School is the official school of the world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Located in The Joan Weill Center for Dance in midtown Manhattan, the School boasts a faculty of over 100 dance professionals who are experts in their fields, 40 professional musicians, and a staff of dedicated administrators and advisors. Esteemed alumni, guided by Company Founder Alvin Ailey’s vision that dance is for everybody, take advantage of their unparalleled training to dance, choreograph, and teach throughout the world. Alumni also stayed connected by continuing to train in the 150 open School classes offered weekly, and by teaching and choreographing new works on Ailey School students.



To make dance accessible to young people and adults through dance training and innovative community outreach and arts-in-education programs.


  • To train outstanding students as professional dancers by offering a diverse dance training curriculum of the highest caliber
  • To maintain a professional faculty of exceptional teachers, musicians, and guest artists
  • To provide students with tuition assistance, federal financial aid, physical therapy and a range of student services including artistic advisement, housing assistance and professional counseling for nutrition and psychological well-being
  • To offer a wide range of dance classes for the dance enthusiast

Accreditation and Credentials

The Ailey School is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).  A copy of the School's accreditation letter and other credentials may be obtained from the Admissions Office.  The Ailey School is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an institution of higher education and is eligible to participate in Title IV programs.  The Ailey School is recognized by the US Veterans Administration as an eligible school to participate in Veteran's Educational Benefit Programs.  The Ailey School is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.