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

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Name
Program
Professional Experience
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: BFA Program
Position(s): CONTINUUM Contemporary/Ballet
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
Program: Certificate Program
Position(s): Ballet Inc.
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): DBDT Encore; Dallas Opera
Shomari Savannah
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): Connecticut Ballet
Miho Sawayanagi
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): Lecturer, University of Virginia
Program: Certificate Program
Position(s): 49th Parallel Dance Company
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): Metropolitan Opera; Limon Dance Company; Ailey II (1998-2000)
Bradley Shelver
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): Ballet Noir; Ailey II
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): Marigny Opera Ballet
Lauren Ashlee Small
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): Dallas Black Dance Theater
Sean Smith
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Ailey II; Complexions Contemporary Ballet
Yusha-Marie Sorzano
Program: Certificate Program
Position(s): Bradley Shelver Contemporary Dance Theater; Steps Repertory Ensemble
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): Graham 2
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): Ailey II (2014-2016)
Terrell Spence
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): Deeply Rooted Dance Theater
Artemis Stamouli
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): Complexions Contemporary Ballet
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): Hamilton; Motown, the Musical; Newsies!; Ailey II (2007-2009)
Ephraim Sykes
Program: Certificate Program
Position(s): CATS, the Musical - Royal Caribbean Productions
Mykaila Symes
Program: Independent Study Program
Position(s): Faculty, Alonso King LINES Ballet Dance Center
Victor Hugo Talledos
Program: Independent Study Program
Position(s): Uppercut Dance Theatre
Program: Certificate Program
Position(s): Freelance dancer
Morgan Thweatt
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): ICON Talent Agency
Victoria Todd
Program: Independent Study Program
Position(s): MULTIPLEX DANCE
Program: Independent Study Program
Position(s): TAKE Dance
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): "The Lion King" (on Broadway); Ailey II
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): "The Lion King: (Paris)
Program: Certificate Program
Position(s): "FELA!" (on Broadway)
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): Elisa Monte Dance
Thomas Varvaro
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): Dallas Black Dance Theater
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): Ballet Hispanico
Dandara Amorim Veiga
Program: Independent Study Program
Position(s): MICHIYAYA Dance Company, Inc.
Mitsuko Verdery
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): Vanessa Long Dance Company
Maria Villa Vittoria
Program: Certificate Program
Position(s): Metropolitan Opera; Chicago Lyric Opera; Loni Landon Dance Project
Nicole Von Arx
Program: Independent Study Program
Position(s): VON USSAR danceworks; The Ailey School Horton Faculty
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): Dallas Black Dance Theater: Ailey II (2008-2010)
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): Freelance dancer
Paige Werman
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): Spectrum Dance Theater
Jaclyn Wheatley
Program: Certificate Program
Position(s): Kinetic Architecture
Program: Scholarship Program
Position(s): Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (2008-2016); Ailey II (2006-2008)
Marcus Jarrell Willis
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): Nimbus Dance Works
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): Freelance choreographer
Lara Wilson
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): Ailey II
Program: BFA Program
Position(s): MATHETA Dance
Terri Ayanna Wright
Program: Certificate Program
Position(s): Freelance dancer
Caroline Yamada