Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance

Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance

LOCATION: New York, NY
YEAR EST.: 1998
DEPARTMENT LEADERSHIP: Melanie Person
DTCB REPRESENTATIVES: Melanie Person, Emily Riehle
DEGREE PROGRAMS OFFERED: BFA
PROGRAM EMPHASIS: Horton, Graham-based Modern, Ballet
CONTACT: Websitebfa@alvinailey.org
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PROGRAM OVERVIEW:
Located in the cultural heart of New York City, the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program offers the best of both worlds: professional dance training at the official school of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and an exceptional liberal arts education rooted in the Jesuit tradition of intellectual development and personal attention.

The program offers a comprehensive study of several dance techniques, preparing graduates for a variety of jobs in today’s diverse dance profession. Our focus on dance technique and performance offers students the opportunity to hone their professional skills and prepare for life as a professional dancer.

NOTABLE ALUMNI:
Simone Cameresi – Ballet Hispánico
Patrick Coker – Jessica Lang Dance, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Terrence Diable – Limón Dance Company
Natasha M. Diamond-Walker – Martha Graham Dance Company
Paige Fraser
– Visceral Dance Founding Member
Larissa Gerszke – Complexions Contemporary Ballet
Mariah Gravelin – Limón Dance Company
Daphne Lee – Collage Dance Collective, Dance Theatre of Harlem
Ally Love – Host of Brooklyn Nets, Peloton Instructor
Danelle Morgan – Radio City Rockettes
Deidre Rogan – Parsons Dance
Ashley Simpson – Collage Dance Collective, BalletX
Courtney Celeste Spears – Ailey II, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Timothy Stickney – Complexions Contemporary Ballet
Ephriam Sykes – George Eacker in Hamilton on Broadway (2015),
Seaweed J. Stubbs in NBC’s live production of Hairspray Live! (2016),
David Ruffin in Ain’t Too Proud on Broadway (2019) – Nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Michael Jackson in MJ the Musical on Broadway (2021)
Christopher Wilson – Ailey II, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater