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Gadi Dagon

Israel is at the forefront of modern dance, and for six weeks Atlanta is very lucky to host some of Israel’s finest talents for the EXPOSED contemporary dance and physical theater festival. The festival officially opens Oct. 5, but some of the artists are already in town.

Paul Kolnik / Courtesy of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

The famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is on tour, and they will be stopping at the Fox Theatre next week for an extended stay. From Feb. 10 to 14, the company will perform a collection of pieces and end each show with "Revelations," a celebrated piece by Alvin Ailey.  

Among her other roles, Ailey dancer Jacqueline Green will perform as the lady with the umbrella in “Revelations,” a role she always looked up to.

Paul Kolnik

"Art is universal; art connects people." Those sentiments may seem trite -- maybe even cliché -- nearly to the point of losing all meaning.

But sometimes a notion or phrase becomes trite because it is true. The latter certainly applies if you are talking about a performance by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.  

Damon Dahlen / Complexions Contemporary Ballet

After more than 20 years of nomadic life, Complexions Contemporary Ballet co-founders Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson are putting down their roots in Atlanta.

Rhoden and Richardson founded their multicultural ballet company in 1994, following their tenures as principal dancers in the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. This was in New York City, where Complexions was based for the next two decades. So why move to Atlanta?

Kruti Dance Academy

In 1924, R.H. Macy and Company organized a parade through the streets of New York City.

Fast-forward to today, and that small parade is a nationally televised event that reaches millions of people on Thanksgiving. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade features music, dance, floats and huge balloons.

This year, the Kruti Dance Academy was asked to bring their flourishes to the parade. The Duluth-based academy teaches classical Indian dance like Bharatanatyam and more modern dances from Bollywood.