Ailey Trio is an engaging 60-minute presentation with three dancers from the internationally acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performing brief excerpts from its current repertory. The presentation is an exciting blend of lecture, class, and informal performance, designed to provide a comprehensive dance experience that focuses on how an Ailey dancer develops the skills needed for success including the importance of exercise, hard work and artistic expression. The participants leave with a better understanding of what it takes to become a professional in any field.
Grades: Kindergarten through twelfth
Cost: $600 per performance
Dates/Time: January 9 – 13, 2023, during school day (no dates in 2022)
Program Length: 50 minutes
Location: At Your School (Theater, Gymnasium or Multipurpose Room)
KCFAA program study guides available to further facilitate learning goals
DA:Cr1A Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Enduring Understanding/Concept: Choreographers use a variety of sources as inspiration and transform concepts and ideas into movement for artistic expression.
Essential Question/Process: Where do choreographers get ideas for dances?
DA:Pr4A4 Select, Analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.
Enduring Understanding/Concept: Space, time, and energy are basic elements of dance.
Essential Question/Process: How do dancers work with space, time and energy to communicate artistic expression?
DA:Pr5A Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation
Enduring Understanding/Concept: Dancers use the mind-body connection and develop the body as an instrument for artistry and artistic expression.
Essential Question/Process: What must a dancer do to prepare the mind and body for artistic expression?
DA:Re7A Perceive and analyze artistic work.
Enduring Understanding/Concept: Dance is perceived and analyzed to comprehend its meaning.
Essential Question/Process: How is a dance understood?
DA:Re8A Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
Enduring Understanding/Concept: Dance is interpreted by considering intent, meaning, and artistic expression as communicated through the use of the body, elements of dance, dance technique, dance structure, and context.
Essential Question/Process: How is dance interpreted?
DA:Re9A Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.
Enduring Understanding/Concept: Criteria for evaluating dance vary across genres, styles, and cultures.
Essential Question/Process: What criteria are used to evaluate dance?
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Ailey Trio, established in 1993, is unique to Kansas City and an important part of KCFAA’s arts education programming. Taking a short break from their rigorous schedule with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, three AAADT dancers bring their talent to KC to introduce Alvin Ailey’s vision and legacy to students, supporters and community members.
“The trio is a great way to see Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancers perform the highly-acclaimed repertory straight from New York,” said KCFAA Chief Artistic Officer Tyrone Aiken.
The Ailey Trio performance allows audience members to experience the elite dance style of AAADT and explore how dance is a connector to culture, physical fitness, sequencing and artistic expression. The program was created by KCFAA for Kansas City and replicated by AAADT to perform across the country.