Giveaway: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 2014-15 NYCC Season


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the world’s most popular dance companies, returns to the New York City Center stage from December 3rd, 2014 to January 4th, 2015, 25 years after the passing of legendary founder Alvin Ailey.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies and New York City Center’s Principal Dance Company, returns to the New York City Center stage for the 43rd consecutive year from December 3, 2014 – January 4, 2015 with exciting performances that have become a joyous holiday tradition. Artistic Director Robert Battle continues to expand the Company’s diverse repertory with premieres and new productions representing a wide range of important choreographic voices giving Ailey’s extraordinary group of artists new ways to inspire audiences, including:

 – The premiere of Odetta (December 10th) by renowned Ailey dancer Matthew Rushing, who marries soul-stirring movement to songs by the artist anointed “the queen of American folk music” by Martin Luther King, Jr. The piece will pay tribute to Holmes’s life as a singer, songwriter, actress, activist and “the voice of the Civil Rights Movement,” and her musical repertoire encompassing American folk music, blues, jazz, and spirituals.

– Ailey’s signature American masterpiece Revelations – acclaimed as an inspiring must-see for all – will be performed with live music on Dec. 5 eve, Dec. 6th mat & eve.

– Christopher Wheeldon’s dreamlike After the Rain Pas de Deux – praised for its sublime simplicity and intricate partnering – was an instant hit at New York City Ballet in 2005. Set to music by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, the sensual male-female pas de deux will be revealed in a fresh light as the Ailey dancers make it their own, premiering on Dec. 5th.

– Jacqulyn Buglisi’s Suspended Women, a mesmerizing ensemble piece created in 2000 illuminating the frailty and strength of women through time. Set to music by Maurice Ravel, and interpolations composed by Daniel Bernard Roumain, it is recognized as one of the signature works by this celebrated former Martha Graham dancer, choreographer and master teacher. (Company Premiere December 12th)

– Hofesh Shechter’s acclaimed Uprising, which features seven men who bombard the stage with intensity in an exhilarating work set to a percussive score by the choreographer himself.

– A new production of Bad Blood, an original work by former Ailey dancer and renowned choreographer Ulysses Dove, set to music by Laurie Anderson and Peter Gabriel.

– Special programs include:

     – Family Matinee Series performances each Saturday during the season at 2pm

     – “All New” Programs playing on Dec. 18, 20 mat, 26 eve, 28 eve, 21 mat.

     – “Celebrating the Women of Ailey,” celebrating Linda Celeste Sims, Hope Boykin and the women of Ailey (Dec. 16).

     – A New Year’s Eve performance featuring beloved Ailey dancers of the past and present.

Tickets starting at $25 are available for purchase at the New York City Center Box Office, through CityTix® at (212) 581-1212, or online at www.alvinailey.org or www.nycitycenter.org.  Discount tickets are available for Ailey Super Fans who purchase tickets for more than one performance, for students with an appropriate ID, and for groups of ten or more (discounts do not apply to $25 tickets).  For group sales, call 212-405-9082 or e-mail groupsales@alvinailey.org.

I’m giving away a pair of tickets to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater! To one of the Family Matinee Series performances on a Saturday during the season at 2pm.

To win, just comment below and let me know who you would take as your guest. Also, you must follow the Culture Mom Facebook page (IT’S NEW! Long story. No need to tell me, I can check).

Winner will be selected randomly. The winner will receive two tickets, which will be held at the box office day of show in your name. This giveaway will end on Friday, December 5th at 9am EST. Winner will be posted here, on the Culture Mom Facebook page and via email and will have 24 hours to accept their prize.

Disclosure: I was not compensated to write this post but received complimentary tickets to facilitate the review.  Giveaway is courtesy of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

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  1. Based on the random drawing, the winner is Liz Gumbinner! Thanks to all for entering.

  2. I would take one of my two daughters who have been dancing for most of their lives, but have seen very few live dance performances.

  3. I will bring my friend Amanda. She is very dear to me.

  4. Mary Alice Franklin says

    I would go with my husband. We love going to cultural events — I’ve been itching for a good dance performance and Alvin Ailey is the best!! Thanks for the opportunity!

  5. I would take my daughter! I studied with the Ailey Theatre for 2 years in their professional program! They were the first dance company i ever saw in performance and I fell in love!

  6. My children are too young so I would pull straws and take one of my best girlfriends. We would make a whole afternoon of being in the city and seeing the show. Have some much needed me time away from the kiddos. This is an awesome giveaway!

  7. Ellen Gervits says

    I will bring my two children.

  8. I would bring my son – time to start exposing him to dance!

  9. I would bring my dance-obsessed daughter who has yet to see the magic of Alvin Ailey, and that needs to be rectified soon.

    Don’t ask which daughter – I’ll make them arm wrestle for it later.

  10. I would definitely take my daughter. This is such a great opportunity to see modern dance live.

  11. Such a great Giveaway, I’d love to take my 9 year old son who has become a lover of ballet and dance as a whole and I want to nurture that interest as much as possible. Thanks for hosting.

  12. I would love to take my mother to see this show! She would enjoy a night out in the city, and we’re both huge fans of Alvin Ailey!

  13. I would take my son. He would enjoy it.

  14. I would bring my friend Michelle, who’s a big fan of Alvin Ailey.

  15. I am a dancer I would LOVE to see this. It has been too long since I have been to the ballet.

  16. Wendy Wallach says

    I would take my daughter Sarah.

  17. I’d love to take my boyfriend to a performance! Our 4-year anniversary is this Dec. 3rd, and I think a matinee show this winter would be a lovely way to celebrate. Thanks for the opportunity!

  18. Nichol Perez says

    My mom is a huge fan so I would take her as an early birthday gift.

  19. Aisha Greene says

    This is funny. I was just saying that I want to take my oldest daughter to see Ailey. I used to go as a child with my mother and would love to give her the opportunity.

  20. I would take my son who is soon turning 21. 😉

  21. I would take one of my daughters to see a performance.

  22. I would love to take my daughter. She’s been watching modern dance since she was born!

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