Ailey Arts in Education Residency

Alvin Ailey, one of the pre-eminent dance companies in the world, is committed to bringing dance into classrooms and communities throughout the world. Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs offers special performances, lecture-demonstrations, technique classes, and curriculum-based residencies. The group has conducted two-week residencies at the Lower School since 2009. 

Every January, Ailey instructors join the Physical Education department and lead dance workshops for all the students. At the conclusion, students put on a performance demonstrating their choreographed routines. The Ailey team links Riverdale's academic curriculum and character themes, providing another outlet for the lessons taught in the classroom to be explored elsewhere.

Unity Through Dance

The 2017 theme for the Ailey Arts in Education Residency is unity, a concept at the heart of Riverdale's mission.


Alvin Ailey Residency Builds Character

A range of themes, including arts, culture, history, and identity, come together during the Alvin Ailey residency at the Lower School.


Riverdale Country School

Mind • Character • Community



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Bronx, NY 10471
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Bronx, NY 10471
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