Setting the Stage Expands Public Performances

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Setting the Stage is a popular, multimedia program of African-American and American history with a focus on dance. Performances are presented both for the public and for schools. For the first time since its inception over a decade ago, the program will be expanding its public performance across the state line to inspire and educate Topeka audiences.

Learn more and get performance times and locations. >>


Lace Up Your Dancing Shoes! – Gala 2018


Gala 2018 is Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey’s (KCFAA) largest single fundraising initiative and a critical component of its budget. Proceeds from Gala benefit KCFAA’s 11 year-round education and youth development programs that will teach 25,000 children critical life skills through dance in 2018.

Tickets on sale now!

Ailey Trio Cancellation – January 11, 2018


Ailey Trio is cancelled tonight, Thursday, January 11, due to weather. So sad! Be safe and stay warm, friends!

#GivingTuesday is #GivingDanceDay at KCFAA


KCFAA Spring concert 2017 Photographer Mike Strong

We see the inspiration on a daily basis. Our students light up the studio with eagerness to stretch their skills, to discover their limits and then push themselves even further. Our dedicated teaching artists guide each student carefully, assessing angles, efforts, and angst.

In the schools, our teaching artists are greeted by hundreds of students every week. Alvin Ailey determined that dance should be accessible to all people, and at KCFAA we take that mission very seriously as we bring workshops to more than 200 schools each year.

YOU make it possible. #GivingTuesday comes one day a year asking you to pause for a moment before you’re too deep into the holiday frenzy and donate to a charity that makes a meaningful difference—like Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey. Your gift not only brings a smile to a youth’s face today but clarity, discipline, and self-empowerment for a lifetime.

Symposium 2017 Photos


Ms. Debbie Allen, our first Race, Place & Diversity Award recipient.


This year, as a part of our annual Symposium Series, we are thrilled to include a new Award Dinner to celebrate those who advocate for diversity and inclusion in our country. Our first honoree is Ms. Debbie Allen. Her work as an executive producer, director, actor, choreographer, and dancer has positioned her to make a profound impact and open dialogue for understanding and change.

Learn how you can join us in celebrating Ms. Allen’s work and support the efforts of Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey.

First Friday, October 6: Two Locations for Twice the Fun!

We’re excited to be partnering with Helix Architecture, 1629 Walnut Street, for a fun First Friday. Helix has generously offered their beautiful space to host KCFAA for food, drink, and a presentation of AileyCamp the Group.

From 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., we’ll be living it up in the Crossroads with Helix. If you plan to come, please RSVP to help us plan enough refreshments for everyone!

Back at 18th & Vine, we’ll still be offering our regular First Friday FREE hip-hop classes at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., taught by D’Eirre Jackson in our studio.

Then, from 7:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. you can join us and De Barker (Kansas City’s Queen of Line Dance” on 18th Street between Highland and Vine for an explosion of dance. Learn some of the classics and what’s new in Line Dance!

Contest to Win FREE Ticket to Symposium

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Enter the contest to win a FREE TICKET to attend our annual Symposium on Race, Place, and Diversity!

In a few weeks, we’ll begin promoting the 2017 Symposium on Race, Place, and Diversity presented by Great West Financial and Empower Retirement. Attendance at the daytime event with lunch and panel discussions will cost $60, but you might be able to participate for FREE!

How? Download our new KCFAA app! Be the first to learn of news and upcoming events, access exclusive and behind-the-scenes content.

TO ENTER THE DRAWING: After downloading the app, simply fill in the 2017 Symposium Contest form to be entered in the drawing for a FREE ticket!

Available on Google Play and iTunes!

Or search for “KCFAA” in your app store.

Download the KCFAA app today and Enter to Win!

Winner will be selected on October 9, 2017 and will be notified within 48 hours.

“United We Dance” Day