Written by | Ray Cornelius 

I had the pleasure of attending the Thursday night performance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre at Atlanta’s fabulous Fox Theatre.  The show began at 8 p.m. but yours truly attended a private pre-show reception at 6:30 p.m. featuring the company’s Artistic Director, Robert Battle.

Robert Battle

Other notables at the reception included my other Ailey Circle members – UPSCALE’s Satchel Jester and Sister Circle Live co-host Rashana Ali. Tony winning director and Atlanta icon Kenny Leon was also present along with Greenleaf actress Kim Hawthorne and WSB-TV personality Jovita Moore, who served as this year’s host.

Imara Canady + Jacquee Minor + Toby Johnson + Ray Cornelius

Thursday’s performance included “Episodes” with Clifton Brown, “Cry” featuring Linda Celeste Sims, Twyla Tharp‘s “The Golden Section” and of course the iconic “Revelations.” I also got a chance to meet Michael Jackson, the company dancer who appears on Ailey’s 2018 season poster. Check out my UPFRONT interview with him from January.

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre has three more shows this weekend: a 2pm and an 8pm performance tonight and a 2pm performance on Sunday.

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Kim Hawthorne + Rashana Ali

Satchel Jester + Larry Lyles 

Jovita Moore 

Robert Battle + Kim Hawthorne

Ray Cornelius + Michael Jackson

Photo Credits: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre + RayCornelius.com