Ailey Extension offers late summer programs

The Ailey Extension offers The Ailey ExperienceThe Ailey Extension offers unique summer opportunities for young dancers at the prestigious Ailey Studios at the Joan Weill Center for Dance, New York’s largest building dedicated to the art form. With programs like Tiny Steps (ages 2-3), Extension for Kids (ages 7-11) and Teens (ages 12-17), The Ailey Experience Jr. (ages 8-12), The Ailey Experience (ages 13-18), and the Fabrice Herrault Ballet Intensive (ages 10-19), students from tots to teens have the chance to explore their creativity and learn from some of the world’s most renowned dance instructors.


Other than The Ailey Experience Jr. program, which has sold out, many of the programs and classes are still accepting registrations, such as the Ailey Experience workshop for older students and the Fabrice Herrault Ballet Intensive.


Fabrice Herrault Ballet Summer Intensive at The Ailey StudiosThe Ailey Experience (meant for students aged 13-18) will be presented twice, on August 8-12 and then August 15-19, from 10 am to 6 pm each day. It gives teen dancers from around the world the opportunity to train and perform in a variety of techniques, such as ballet, Horton, contemporary, hip-hop, West African and Broadway jazz. All levels are welcome. Students can sign up for Week 1, Week 2 or both. The program culminates in a performance for family and friends in the Ailey Studios.


The Fabrice Herrault Ballet Summer Intensive (meant for students aged 10-19) will be presented at the same time as The Ailey Experience. In this summer workshop, renowned instructor Fabrice Herrault teaches classical ballet rooted in the tradition of the Paris Opera Ballet. This program is committed to the growth of each individual student, with a strong focus on technique, artistry and musicality. Classes will be offered at the advanced beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Herrault will be joined by world-renowned guest teacher Sofiane Sylve of San Francisco Ballet. This program will also culminate in a performance for family and friends in the Ailey Studios.


The Ailey Extension offers Hip-Hop 4 KidsIn addition to these opportunities, the Ailey Extension is currently presenting Tiny Steps through July 31 on Sundays. A series of music and creative movement sessions, these weekly 45-minute classes for ages 2-3 are designed to engage children, parents and caregivers through group and individual participation, which is vital for early childhood development. Instructor Kay Wylie-Jacob guides children through fun, playful dance exercises set to rhythmic music.


Plus, Kids and Teen Classes 
are also being presented through July 31 on Sundays. Students aged 7-17 can explore a variety of movement styles. Weekly classes include Hip-Hop 4 Kids (ages 7-11) and Teen hip-hop, ballet and contemporary jazz (ages 12-17.)


For the complete Ailey Extension schedule or to register, visit


Photo (top): The Ailey Experience. Photo (left): Fabrice Herrault Intensive. Photo (right): Hip-Hop 4 Kids. All photos by Kyle Froman.