Hudson County Community College to Host NJPAC Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Workshop

March 20, 2018

April 10 event is part of the HCCC ‘Twilight Tuesdays’ series of workshops, authors’ readings, artists’ receptions, and more.


March 20, 2018, Jersey City, NJ – The Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Department of Cultural Affairs continues its year-long partnership with New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) Department of Community Engagement with a special “Twilight Tuesdays” event – the NJPAC Alvin Ailey Presentation. The event, which is free of charge and open to the general public, will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10 in the Atrium of the College’s Dineen Hull Gallery. The Gallery is located on the sixth floor at 71 Sip Avenue – just one block from the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center in Jersey City. Children under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.

NJPAC teaching artist Theara Ward will present a short film and talk on the Alvin Ailey Dance Company followed by a dance demonstration featuring trademark movements from Ailey’s signature ballet, Revelations . When Mr. Ailey began creating dances, he drew upon his "blood memories" of Texas, the blues, spirituals, and gospel as inspiration, which resulted in the creation of his most popular and critically acclaimed work, Revelations . The ballet, which premiered in 1960, is set to music that explores “the deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.”

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Led by Ailey with a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed the perception of American dance. Since then, the Ailey company has performed for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents – and through television broadcasts, film screenings, and online platforms, for millions more.

Information about the HCCC Department of Cultural Affairs Spring 2018 programs and events is available at or by contacting Michelle Vitale at 201-360-4176, or emailing mvitaleFREEHUDSONCOUNTYCOMMUNITYCOLLEGE.