Chalvar Monteiro jumps during the Celebrity Series Alvin Ailey residency
Artist Connections, Arts for All, Boston Community

Bringing World-Class Dance into Boston-Area Classrooms

From January 16 through January 18, the Celebrity Series brought Solomon Dumas, Samantha Figgins, and Chalvar Monteiro, principal dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, to five Boston-area schools for a series of interactive workshops through the Series’ Artist Connections program. See below for photos of our annual residency.

Dancing to Student Compositions

With the help of composer Ryan Edwards, students at the Boston Renaissance Public Charter School performed their original electronic compositions as the Ailey dancers improvised interpretive movements.

Performing for students

Through the support of the Peabody Foundation, the trio performed excerpts and led interactive workshops for students with disabilities at the Richard J. Murphy K-8 School in Dorchester, Kennedy Day School at Franciscan Children’s in Brighton, and the Cotting School in Lexington.

Paving the Path for the Future of Dance

The Ailey dancers held a masterclass with students at the Boston Arts Academy where students had the opportunity to warm up, go through movement exercises, and dance with the trio.

Smiles All Around!

Throughout the workshops, students had the opportunity to ask questions, take selfies, and have fun with the Ailey trio.

Celebrity Series of Boston is grateful to our 2018-19 Season Sponsors Amy & Joshua Boger, and to the many individual donors whose generosity supports Arts for All!. Celebrity Series is also grateful to the following corporations, foundations, and government agencies for their support in the 2018-19 season: the Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified Initiative, Boston Cultural Council, The Boston Foundation, Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, First Republic Bank, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Outside the Box: A Production of the Boston Arts Summer Institute, Bessie Pappas Charitable Foundation, The Peabody Foundation, Stifler Family Foundation, Tufts Health Plan, Anonymous, and other generous supporters.

We are grateful to The Peabody Foundation for their support of interactive workshops led by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for students with physical disabilities at The Cotting School, Kennedy Day School at Franciscan Children’s, and the Richard J. Murphy K-8 School.

All photos by Robert Torres.

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