In 2003 I called Ailey Dancer Emeritus Dudley Williams at that time he was a 39 year veteran of the Ailey Company, one year from a forty year milestone as an Ailey dancer. The Bearden Foundation and The Nanette Bearden Contemporary Dance Theater were planning a centennial celebration for renowned artist Romare Bearden. The dance company would present a new work On The Block based on the six panel mural by Bearden, which is in the permanent collection at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.
I introduced myself and explained the projected; we wanted him to play an abusive husband opposite Hope Clark. I finished the introduction with “I have called you the Lyric Crown Prince of modern dance but in this work I’m going to need you to be a real son of a bitch”. He paused then quickly responded “I can do that”. This began a working relationship and friendship that would last until his death. I still miss Dudley’s dry wit and even drier Bombay Blue Sapphire Martini. I know that you are still dancing this solo probably with Alvin directing and Donny singing.Continue reading
Otis Redding, while visiting Europe for the very first time as part of the Stax/Volt tour, is asked to host a very special episode of The teen dance show, Ready, Steady, Go! The rest is history. Featuring Chris Farlowe and Eric Burdon (of The Animals). Continue reading
“I’m always being asked how to develop Abs and Core. So if you’re starting your fitness journey, here are my Top Ten most effective exercises for building Abs and Core”- Master trainer and physique model Ulisses.Continue reading
The Ailey company first premiered The Hunt, one of Robert Battle’s most popular works, in 2010. Fueled by a thundering percussion soundtrack, the piece explores the relationship between modern sports and the rites of the gladiators.Continue reading
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