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2012 Ailey at the Apollo Spring Gala

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Rennie Harris' Home
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Rennie Harris' Home.

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On May 8, 2012, Ailey made a triumphant return to Harlem’s world-famous Apollo Theater for a one-night-only event, the 10th Annual Ailey at the Apollo Spring Gala which featured performances by artists of the world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, dynamic students of The Ailey School and young AileyCampers.

The benefit, honoring board member Leslie Maheras and her husband Thomas Maheras, raised a record breaking 1 million dollars for student scholarships to The Ailey School and the Ailey organization’s Arts In Education & Community Programs, including AileyCamp Washington Heights.  Artistic Director Robert Battle welcomed Honorary Chair Toni Braxton and 900 guests, including Anthony M. Carvette, Marc Strachan, Loraine Boyle, David E. Monn, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Susan Fales-Hill, Jonelle Procope, Terry Lundgren, Amsale Aberra, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Bevy Smith, Boardwalk Empire’s Justin Davis, Danny Meyer, Henry McGee and Joan & Sandy WeillAttendees danced the night away at the post performance party which featured music by DJ Ruckus and the shining lights of the Studio 54 mirror ball.

Toni Braxton, Robert Battle and Judith Jamison
Toni Braxton, Robert Battle and Judith Jamison.

Robert Battle and Honoree Leslie Maheras
Robert Battle and Honoree Leslie Maheras.

  David E. Monn and Robert Battle
David E. Monn and Robert Battle.

David Bowen, Joan Steinberg and Vernard Gilmore
David Bowen, Joan Steinberg and Vernard Gilmore.

Toni Braxton with Ailey’s Executive Director Sharon Gersten Luckman
Toni Braxton with Ailey’s Executive Director Sharon Gersten Luckman.

  Akua Noni Parker and Guest
Akua Noni Parker and Guest.

Gina F. Adams
Gina F. Adams.

  Guest and Loraine Boyle
Guest and Loraine Boyle.

Students of The Ailey School
Students of The Ailey School.

Photos: Christopher Duggan
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