As part of a local homeschooling cooperative for my preschooler, my daughter and I oftentimes find ourselves immersed in art and culture not conventionally taught in regular schools. The goal of exposing her to these types of learning is to instill interest in learning not found in books. I hope this type of learning is fun for her, so much so that she always will be excited to learn about new things.
Today was a special treat for us in that we were able to participate in one of the Ailey’s Arts In Education & Community Programs to further Alvin Ailey’s belief that “dance is for everybody,” including children. The goal for this community outreach program is to inspire children between Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 through dance, either by instilling confidence through learning the art of dance, as well as to plant the seed of appreciation and joy for dance choreography and performances.
Los Angelenos can view Alvin Ailey’s“Revelations” at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from April 15-19; the kids, however, were treated to a Matinee show on the 16th.
Ailey once stated that one of America’s richest treasures was the African-American cultural heritage —“sometimes sorrowful, sometimes jubilant, but always hopeful.” “Revelations” certainly offered this experience to us. Since its first performance 50 years ago,“Revelations” has been performed around the world, making the choreography the most viewed modern-dance piece ever.
The kids in the audience were captivated… not a peep of discomfort or disinterest from our kids, certainly not for us chaperones.
This chaperone, however, marveled at the venue’s beautiful reception area. I mean, look at the chandeliers!
What really made my day was that the performance left my daughter wanting more. As luck would have it, she had a ballet class scheduled for later in the afternoon. Success!