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NYU PAA Kicks Off "Backstage Pass" Series at Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation

NYU students overlooking Alvin Ailey stage

Samuel Coleman, Office Manager of the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, gives PAA students a tour of the Joan Weill Center for Dance which houses the Foundation. 

The first edition of the Performing Arts Administration (PAA) graduate program’s "Backstage Pass" Site Visit Series took place at the iconic Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation. A curated journey through the heart of New York City’s performing arts scene, the “Backstage Pass” series offers a platform for students to engage with top arts administrators, learn more about creating and sustaining a career in the arts, and connect with established PAA alumni. 

Guest visitor talking to students in classroom

Pamela Robinson, PAA Faculty Adjunct and Chief Financial Officer for Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, gives a brief history of the Foundation and its facilities to the PAA students. 

The visit began with a tour of the Ailey studios and performance spaces, where students observed the artistry and dedication that defines the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation. The tour highlighted the Foundation's commitment to celebrating the African-American cultural heritage and uniting people of all backgrounds through the beauty of dance.

This visit is the first in a series that aims to inspire students to pursue their passions and make a difference in the performing arts world. 

Guest lecturer from Alvin Ailey speaking with students in classroom

PAA alumni who work at the Foundation sit down with students to share stories about their career journey.

 Following the tour, students had the opportunity to engage in inspirational, and personal discussions with staff members and PAA alumni who are integral parts of the Ailey organization. Zixin (Alexis) Han (‘22), Albert Martinez (‘23), and Felipe Arellano Galvez (‘18) shared their personal experiences and the profound impact of Ailey on their careers, offering valuable insights into the diverse career paths available in the performing arts. This panel discussion was led by Assistant Professor Dr. Ruby Yu, and supported by PAA adjunct faculty and Ailey’s Chief Financial Officer, Pamela Robinson.   

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