Alumni

Alumni of The Ailey School

The Ailey School is proud of its history of developing accomplished, well-rounded women and men who contribute to society as artists, educators, and performers. Our alumni speak often with appreciation about The Ailey School’s diverse curriculum that prepared them to be proficient in several dance techniques and styles, and helped hone their choreographic skills and powers of analysis. They credit the School's staff and faculty with fostering expressiveness, flexibility and encouragement to take risks. 

Alumni of our BFA, Scholarship, Certificate, and Independent Study programs have pursued successful performing arts careers in a wide range of leading dance companies, Broadway productions, on cruise ships, and in films and video.  Many alumnae have become choreographers, producers, artistic directors, arts administrators, costume designers, and dance teachers.  Others have chosen to study at prestigious conservatories, colleges and universities, pursuing both dance and non-dance degrees.  74% of the dancers of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater are graduates of the Ailey School.  Below is a list of Alumni positions that reflect the wide scope of careers our alumni are engaged in.

 

Ailey School Alumni Association

Alumni who have successfully completed one of our Professional Division Programs (BFA, Scholarship, Certificate and Independent Study) are welcome to become members of The Ailey School Alumni Association (ASAA).  The ASAA provides a network which allows alumni to stay connected with their peers across the globe and with the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation community. Benefits of the ASAA include a discounted class rate, networking events, master classes, group rates on tickets to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s City Center and Lincoln Center seasons, and more.

We’d love to hear from all our alumni so please Email us and let us know what you are up to!

 

Recent Alumni Positions

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Hope Boykin
Jeroboam Bozeman
Sean Aaron Carmon
Elisa Clark
Sarah Daley
Ghrai DeVore
Samantha Figgins
Vernard J. Gilmore
Jacqueline Green
Daniel Harder
Jacquelin Harris
Collin Heyward
Demetia Hopkins Greene
Michael Jackson, Jr.
Megan Jakel
Yannick Lebrun
Michael Francis McBride
Rachael McLaren
Chalvar Monteiro
Akua Noni Parker
Danica Paulos
Belen Pereyra
Jamar Roberts
Samuel Lee Roberts
Kanji Segawa
Glenn Allen Sims
Linda Celeste Sims
Jermaine Terry
Fana Tesfagiorgis
Marcus Jarrell Willis

Company Positions

Albano Ballet
Berengere Condomine – Scholarship Program

Alonzo King/LINES Ballet
Courtney Henry – BFA Program
Shuaib Dee Elhassan – Scholarship Program
Caroline Rocher – Independent Study Program

Arch Dance Company
Riccardo Battaglia – Scholarship Program / Ailey II
Christina Zaidner – BFA Program

Asha Dance Company
Jonathan Breton – Independent Study Program
Mao Hamada – Independent Study Program

Ballet Inc.
Courtney Sauls – Certificate Program

Battery Dance
Clement Mensah – Scholarship Program

Ballet Black (Great Britain)
Marie-Astrid Mence – Scholarship Program
Christopher Renfurm – Scholarship Program

Ballet Hispanico
Christopher Bloom – BFA Program
Major Nesby – Scholarship Program/Ailey II

BHdos
Kassandra Cruz – BFA Program

Ballett Mainz (Germany)
Dominique Rosales – Scholarship Program/Ailey II

Ballett am Rhein (Germany)
Marquet Lee – BFA Program

The Big Muddy
Elissa Eggers – Independent Study Program

BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance
Teresa Fellion, Artistic Director – Certificate Program
Corey Bliss – BFA Program
Stephanie Sutherland – BFA Program

Bradley Shelver Contemporary Dance Theater
Nile Jamaal Baker – BFA Program
Kassandra Cruz – BFA Program
Malik Shabazz Kitchen – Scholarship Program
Gabriela Marie Soto – Certificate Program

Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company
Wilberto Gonzalez Denis – Independent Study Program

Carte Blanche (Norway)
Nicole Von Arx – Certificate Program

Cedar Lake Dance
Patrick Coker – BFA Program

Chicago Lyric Opera
Nicole Von Arx – Certificate Program

Cirque du Soleil
Jordan McHenry – BFA Program
Amy McClendon – BFA Program

Complexions Contemporary Ballet
Douglas Baum – BFA Program
Addison Ector – Scholarship Program
Shuaib Dee Elhassan – Scholarship Program
Jenna Graves–Scholarship Program/Ailey II
Kelly Marsh IV – Scholarship Program
Casey McIntyre - Scholarship Program
Timothy Stickney, Apprentice – BFA Program

Connecticut Ballet
Miho Sawayanagi – Scholarship Program

Dakshini Dance Company
Natalia Mesa– Independent Study Program

Dallas Black Dance Theater
Candice Hamblett-Holdford – Certificate Program
Rachel McSween– BFA Program/Ailey II
Sean Smith – Scholarship Program
Tyrone Walker – Scholarship Program/Ailey II

Donlon Dance Company
Ethan Kirschbaum – BFA Program

Elisa Monte Dance
Riccardo Battaglia – Scholarship Program
Fadi J. Khoury – Scholarship Program
Malik Kitchen – Scholarship Program
Mindy Lai – BFA Program
JoVonna Parks – BFA Program
Thomas Varvaro – BFA Program

Eryc Taylor Dance
Jonathan Breton – Independent Study Program
Jacinthe Burton – Certificate Program

Evidence, A Dance Company / Ron K. Brown
Maresa D'Armore Morrison– BFA Program
Solomon Dumas – Scholarship Program/Ailey II

Fabian Prioville Company (Canada)
Moo Kim – Certificate Program

Faune Dance Troupe
Rie Hatanaka – Independent Study Program

Fist and Heel Performance Group
Clement Mensah – Scholarship Program

FJK Dance
Serena Giannini – Certificate Program
Alonso Guzman – Scholarship Program
Lucia Jackson – Certificate Program

The Francesca Harper Project
Eriko Iisaku – Scholarship Program

The Forsythe Company (Germany)
Josh Johnson – Scholarship Program

Garth Fagan Dance
Sade Bully – Independent Study Program

Graham 2
Sarita Apel – Scholarship Program
Raymond Hinds – BFA Program
Cara McManus – BFA Program
Anne Souder – BFA Program

Gwen Rakotovao Company
Gwen Rakotovao – Artistic Director – Independent Study Program
Jhon Kristoffer – Independent Study Program
Yoon Young Suh

Hubbard Street Dance
Jacqueline Burnett – BFA Program

Indelible Dance Company
Nile Baker – BFA Program

Indie-Ballet Collaborative
Ariel Asch – Artistic Director, Choreographer – BFA Program

Jessica Lange Dance
Clifton Brown – BFA Program
Julie Fiorenza – BFA Program/Ailey II

Jose Navas/Compagnie FLAK (Canada)
Douglas Scott BaumBFA Program

Kansas City Ballet
Andrew Lamar – BFA Program

Knicks City Dancers
Chelsea McLaughlin – BFA Program

Kinetic Architecture
Koryn Wicks – Certificate Program

The Limon Dance Company
Elise Drew – BFA Program

Loni Landon Dance Project
Nicole Von Arx – Certificate Program

Lustig Dance Theater
Jane King – Scholarship Program

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company
Anthony Bocconi – BFA Program

Mark Morris
Julie Fiorenza – BFA Program
Claudia Mcpherson – BFA Program

Martha Graham Dance Company
Natasha Diamond Walker – BFA Program
Jordan McHenry – BFA Program
Anne O’Donnell – Scholarship Program/ Ailey II

Minnesota Dance Theater
Helen Hatch – BFA Program

Morphoses
Christopher Bordenave – Scholarship Program
Willy Laury - Scholarship Program/Ailey II
Yusha-Marie Sorzano – BFA Program/Ailey II

Nederlands Dans Theater
Prince Credell –Scholarship Program/ Ailey II

Nomad Contemporary Ballet
Criss Rodriguez – Scholarship Program

Opus 1 Dance
Haley Fridenstine – Scholarship Program

Parsons Dance Company
Chris Bloom, Apprentice – BFA Program
Eoghan Dillon – Scholarship Program
Omar Roman de Jesus – Scholarship Program

Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre
Josiah Guitan – BFA Program

Peridance Ensemble
Christopher Bloom – BFA Program
Eoghan Dillon – Scholarship Program
Alonso Guzman – Scholarship Program
Jacqueline Wheatly – BFA Program

Philadanco!
Rosita Adamo – Certificate Program / Ailey II

Project 44
Jonathan Breton – Independent Study Program

Random Dance (Great Britain)
Michael John Harper – Scholarship Program

Rebecca Kelly Ballet
Nile Jamal Baker – BFA Program

Simon Will Productions
Jacinthe Burton – Certificate Program

Steps Ensemble
Bradley Shelver, Artistic Director – Scholarship Program / Ailey II
Malik Kitchen – Scholarship Program
Kaila Moses – BFA Program      
Or Reitman – Independent Study Program
Criss Rodriguez – Scholarship Program
Gabriella Soto – Certificate Program

Sunhwa Chung/Ko-Ryo Dance Theater
Jonathan Breton – Independent Study Program

TAKE DANCE
Kyle Hotchkiss – BFA Program
Nana Tsuda Misko – Independent Study Program

Visceral Dance Chicago    
Paige Fraser – BFA Program/Ailey II

49th Parallel Dance Company
Ariana Champlin – Co-Founder/Artistic Director – Certificate Program
Carolyn Schmidt – Co-Founder/Artistic Director – Certificate Program



Film, Theater and Cruise Line Positions

The Addams Family (U.S. Tour)
Julio Catano – BFA Program

An American in Paris
Taeler Cyrus – BFA Program

Black Nativity (film)
Colin Heyward – BFA Program / Ailey II

Cirque du Soleil “Zumanity” (Las Vegas)
Jordan McHenry – BFA Program

Hamilton
Ephraim M. Sykes – BFA Program

Holland American Line Cruise Ship
Sarah Molczan – Scholarship Program

The King and I (London)
Zara Bartels – BFA Program

The King and I (New York)
Mindy Lai - BFA Program
James Pierce - BFA Program

Liberty Cruise Line
Marco Ruggiero – Independent Study Program

The Lion King (U.S. tour)
Christopher Jackson – Scholarship Program
Kevin Petite – Scholarship Program

The Lion King (Las Vegas)
Zach Law Ingram - Scholarship Program/Ailey II
Tyrelle Rolle - Scholarship Program/Ailey II

The Lion King (New York)
James Pierce, swing dancer – BFA Program
Natalie Turner, swing dancer - Scholarship Program/Ailey II

Metropolitan Opera
Carlos Kerr Jr. – BFA Program
Bradley Shelver – Scholarship Program / Ailey II
Nile Jamaal Baker – BFA Program
Nicole Von Arx – Certificate Program 
Christina Zaidner – BFA Program
Lukasz Zieba – Scholarship Program

Motown The Musical
Ephraim M. Sykes – BFA Program

Mystic India: The World Tour
Rachel Higbee – BFA Program

Newsies!
Ephraim Sykes – BFA Program/Ailey II

Alonzo King/LINES Ballet
Courtney Henry

Battery Dance
Clement Mensah

Ballet Hispanico
Major Nesby

Ballett Mainz (Germany)
Dominique Rosales

Ballett am Rhein (Germany)
Marquet Lee

The Big Muddy
Elissa Eggers

Bradley Shelver Contemporary Dance Theater
Nile Jamaal Baker

Carnival Liberty Cruise Lines
Marco Ruggiero

Cirque du Soleil
Jordan McHenry
Amy McClendon

Complexions
Shuaib Dee Elhassan
Casey McIntyre

Connecticut Ballet
Miho Sawayanagi

Dakshini Dance Company
Natalia Mesa

Dallas Black Dance Theater
Candice Hamblett-Holdford
Rachel McSween
Sean Smith
Tyrone Walker

Donlon Dance Company
Ethan Kirschbaum

Elisa Monte Dance
Riccardo Battaglia
Mindy Lai

Evidence, A Dance Company / Ron K. Brown
Maresa D'Armore Morrison
Solomon Dumas

Fabian Prioville Company (Canada)
Moo Kim

Faune Dance Troupe
Rie Hatanaka

Fist and Heel Performance Group
Clement Mensah

The Francesca Harper Project
Eriko Iisaku

The Forsythe Company (Germany)
Josh Johnson

Garth Fagan Dance
Sade Bully

Holland American Line Cruise Ship
Sarah Molczan

Indie-Ballet Collaborative
Ariel Asch – Artistic Director, Choreographer

Jessica Lange Dance
Clifton Brown
Julie Fiorenza

Kinetic Architecture
Koryn Wicks

Liberty Cruise Line
Marco Ruggiero

The Limon Dance Company
Elise Drew

Jose Navas/Compagnie FLAK (Canada)
Douglas Scott Baum

The Lion King (U.S. tour)
Christopher Jackson
Kevin Petite

The Lion King (Las Vegas)
Zach Law Ingram
Tyrelle Rolle

The Lion King (New York)
James Pierce - swing dancer
Natalie Turner - swing dancer

Metropolitan Opera
Nile Jamaal Baker
Nicole Von Arx

Minnesota Dance Theater
Helen Hatch

Morphoses
Christopher Bordenave
Willy Laury
Yusha-Marie Sorzano

“Newsies!”
Ephraim Sykes

Opus Dance
Haley Fridenstine

Parsons Dance Company
Chris Bloom - Apprentice

Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre
Josiah Guitan

Random Dance (Great Britain)
Michael John Harper

Simon Will Productions
Jacinthe Burton

Steps Ensemble
Clara Belenus

TAKE DANCE
Kyle Hotchkiss
Nana Tsuda MiskoNimbus Dance Works

Nimbus Dance Works
Maeva Boldron (Apprentice) – Scholarship Program

Pink Pig Ballet
Yu Fujiwara – Independent Study Program

West Side Story (National tour)
Taylor Conant – Scholarship Program
 

Alumni Dance Companies

49th Parallel Dance Company - Ariana Champlin & Carolyn Schmidt, Certificate Program
Arch Dance Company – Jennifer Archibald, Certificate Program
BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance – Teresa Fellion, Certificate Program
Bradley Shelver Contemporary Dance Theater – Bradley Shelver, Scholarship Program
The Dash Ensemble – Gregory Dolbashian, BFA Program
FJK Dance - Fadi J. Khoury – Scholarship Program
Genesis Dance Company – Karen Arceneaux, Certificate Program
Gwen Rakotovao Company – Gwen Rakotovao, Independent Study Program
Juntos Collective - Joanna Poz-Molesky – BFA Program
New Chamber Ballet- Miro Magliore, Independent Study Program
Preston Miller Project – Preston Miller, BFA Program
Sidra Bell Dance – Sidra Bell, Scholarship Program
Yaa Samar! Dance Theater – Samar King, BFA Program

 

Alumni Visits

At our beautiful new home, The Joan Weill Center for Dance, our alumni can:

Take a class
Take a workshop
Take a tour

 

Students from The Ailey School Professional Division. Photo: Eduardo Patino, NYC.