Professional Division

Professional Division

The Ailey School's Professional Division provides full-time programs for students aged 16-25.  Each of our training programs varies in length and structure to meet the individual needs and objectives of every student and is designed to develop versatility and provide valuable performing experience. 


Ailey/Fordham B.F.A.    An innovative partnership between The Ailey School and Fordham University, the Ailey/Fordham Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) degree combines the finest in dance and liberal arts instruction in a 4-year program.
Certificate Program    Three-year post-secondary program for students ages 17-23.
Independent Study Program  One-year post-secondary program for students ages 17-25.  College credit may be available.
Summer Intensive Program Six-week training program for pre-professional students ages 16-25.
Scholarship ProgramTuition-award program for exceptionally promising students ages 15-21, ranging in length from one to four semesters.
Ailey IIOur junior, by-invitation-only company serves as a bridge between The Ailey School and the professional dance world.



Our curriculum offers 12-15 dance technique and somatic classes per week. Some programs also include creative studies courses, dance academics and ensemble performance experience.

Dance Courses:  Technique, Somatic, and Performance

  • Ballet and Modern Partnering
  • Barre à Terre
  • Body Conditioning
  • Classical Ballet
  • Dunham Technique
  • Graham-Based Modern Technique
  • Gyrokinesis®
  • Hip Hop
  • Horton Technique
  • Jazz
  • Men's Ballet
  • Pointe
  • Repertory Workshops
  • Tap
  • Taylor Technique
  • West African, Classical Indian, and Spanish Dance
  • Yoga
  • Technique of Performance (BFA Program)
  • Repertory and Performance (Certificate Program)

Dance Courses, Academic:

  • Anatomy and Kinesiology (BFA Program)
  • Dance History
  • Music
  • Theater Arts

Creative Studies:

  • Dance Composition
  • Improvisation

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Performance Opportunities

Valuable performance opportunities abound at The Ailey School for intermediate to advanced students in our Professional Division.

Students have performed works choreographed by Alvin Ailey, Judith Jamison, William Forsythe, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Jennifer Muller, José Limón, Elisa Monte, Dwight Rhoden, Ronald K. Brown, Jane Comfort, Pascal Rioult, Hans Van Manen, Camille A. Brown, Nacho Duato, Christopher L. Huggins, Sean Curran, Robert Battle, Dwight Rhoden, Desmond Richardson, Francesca Harper, Nathan Trice, Milton Myers, Scott Rink, Troy Powell, Neta Pulvemacher, Jaqulyn Buglisi and Joyce Trisler.


Intermediate-level students hone their performance skills through studio showings and informal performances.  Advanced students may participate in workshops with internationally-acclaimed choreographers and master teachers, culminating in performances in both our own 275-seat Ailey Citigroup Theater as well as larger theaters across New York City.  In addition, elective workshops are offered during the summer, student-produced performances are featured in the fall and spring terms, and the Spring Celebration Concert showcases the most advanced graduating students at the end of the spring term. 

Certificate and B.F.A. Programs

The Certificate Program and the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program offer additional performance opportunities throughout the tri-state area as part of their curricula with The Student Performance Group (SPG), comprised of Third Year Certificate students and Ailey/Fordham Student Dancers (AFSD), comprised of B.F.A. seniors

Annual Performances:


  • Fall Fest - students from all programs
  • B.F.A. Senior Choreography Concert


  • January Explosion - students from all programs
  • B.F.A. Winter Concert - B.F.A. students
  • B.F.A. Senior Solo Concert - B.F.A. seniors


  • Global Harmony - students from all programs
  • B.F.A. Senior Concert
  • Certificate Program Graduation Concert - Third-Year Certificate Students
  • Spring Celebration - advanced students from all programs, with members of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ailey II


  • Summer Sizzler - Summer Intensive Program students

Ailey II

Ailey II members experience annual NYC season performances plus performance tours throughout North America and the Caribbean.

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Part-Time and Private Classes

Our organization's founder, Alvin Ailey, believed that "dance comes from the people, and it should be delivered back to the people."  With that in mind, The Ailey School offers classes for dance professionals, students, and enthusiasts of every age and ability.

Open Classes
Group Private Classes