The Ailey School Alumni Association

The Ailey School has been training outstanding artists since 1969 and our graduates have been making an impact on the dance world for over 50 years. Our esteemed alumni have forged successful careers across the globe as dancers, choreographers, artistic directors, educators, and arts administrators. This wide scope of dance professions is a reflection of the diverse education offered at The Ailey School. Students are nurtured by a faculty of distinguished professionals and dedicated administrative staff. Alumni credit their Ailey education with teaching them to foster expressiveness, develop skills of critical analysis, and a willingness to take risks.
Launched in 2015, The Ailey School Alumni Association (ASAA) offers alumni the opportunity to re-connect with their peers and with the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation community through a wide range of activities and events. Benefits of the ASAA include a discounted open class rate, alumni-only master classes, group rate tickets to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's seasons at City Center and Lincoln Center, and more.
Below is the growing list of alumni profiles that reflect the eclectic careers and activities our alumni have engaged in. If you are a graduate of one of our Professional Division Programs and would like to be featured on this list, please contact us and let us know what you are up to!


Alumni Overview

Browse by Last Name
Name
Program
Professional Experience
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): Diversity of Dance, Inc.; Ailey II
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): Ailey II (2014-2016)
Annellyse Munroe
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): Re:borN Dance Interactive; Indie-Ballet Collaborative
Boroka Nagy
Program: Certificate Program
Position(s): Freelance dancer
Sofia Nappi
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): Freelance dancer
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): Ballet Hispanico; Ailey II (2010-2012)
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): Peridance Contemporary Dance Company
Program: Independent Study Program
Position(s): Awaken Dance Theater
Rebekka Nodhturft
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company.
Yuka Notsuka
Program: Certificate Program
Position(s): Barriskill Dance Theater School
Mari O'Donnell
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): Yaa Samar! Dance Theater; Johannes Wieland, Kassel Staatstheater
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): Martha Graham Dance Company; Buglisi Dance Theatre
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company; Peridance Contemporary Dance Company
Jerard Palazo
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): Prism Dance Company
Tania Palomeque Guirao
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): Elisa Monte Dance
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): Carolyn Dorfman Dance
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): Pauline Paul Dance
Program: Certificate Program
Position(s): Royal Caribbean International Cruise Line
Program: Certificate Program
Position(s): Freelance musical theater performer
Darrell Payne
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): Ailey II
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): "The Lion King" (U.S. Tour)
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): Ailey II
Adrien Picaut
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): Anastasia (on Broadway); The Lion King (on Broadway)
James Pierce III
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): Cirque du Soleil; "Fela!" (on Broadway)
Kafi Pierre
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company.
Patrick Piras
Program: Independent Study Program
Position(s): KineticArchitecture Dance Theatre
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): Cedar Lake Ballet; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Ailey II
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): Juntos Collective (Founder/Artistic Director)
Program: Certificate Program
Position(s): Dallas Black Dance Theater
Zion Pradier
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): "Sousatzka" (Toronto); "Dirty Dancing" (National Tour)
Virginia Preston
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): Danceworks Dance Center
Program: Independent Study Program
Position(s): Gwen Rakotovao Company (Artistic Director)
Gwen Rakotovao
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): Cornell College
Alvon Reed
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): Ballet Next
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): Phantom of the Opera (National Tour)
Danielle Reinstein
Program: Independent Study Program
Position(s): Steps Repertory Ensemble
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): Ballet Black (Great Britain)
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): Alonzo King/LINES Ballet
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): Nomad Contemporary Ballet; Steps Ensemble
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): Parsons Dance Company: Ailey II (2014-2016)
Deidre Rogan
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): "The Lion King" (Las Vegas); Ailey II (2005-2008)
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): Ballett Mainz (Germany); Ailey II (2005-2009)
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, A Dance Company; Ailey II (2014-2016)
Courtney Paige Ross
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (1984-1997); Joyce Trisler Dance
Program: Independent Study Program
Position(s): Liberty Cruise Line
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): New York Theater Ballet, Ballet Hispanico
Daniel Salas
Program: Certificate Program
Position(s): Ailey II
Arianna Salerno
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): Clear Talent Group
Vanessa Salgado
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): BHdos at Ballet Hispanico
Program: Independent Study Program
Position(s): Jumpin' at the Sun Dance Company
Lindsey Saravia