Ailey School Musician

405 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019, USA Req #75
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation is the umbrella organization that supports the activities of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, The Ailey School, Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs and the Ailey Extension.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is hailed as “cultural ambassador to the world” by the U.S. Congress and is renowned for its stellar performances, high-caliber dance training, and innovative educational initiatives which reach nearly 500,000 people around the globe each year. Robert Battle, Artistic Director, continues the pioneering work of Alvin Ailey and furthers the development of a cultural community which provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people.

The Ailey organization has a rich and inspiring history rooted in African-American traditions and provides young people with a range of role models within its group of experienced instructors. The Ailey School employs Musicians part-time to accompany classes with students enrolled in all the school's various programs.

The Ailey School seek highly skilled pianists, percussionists to accompany dance classes for our children’s programs through our professional training programs.



Should demonstrate expertise working in a particular dance technique(s) as a professional artist and performer. They should possess a passion for working with students in all levels of their training.  Major Techniques include:  Ballet, Horton, Graham based modern.


-Skill in playing instrument from memory/or sight-reading sheet music. Ability to
select repertory, adjust tempo, rhythm and phrasing to needs of class.

-Strong improvisational skills.

-Ability to focus on what the class
demands, watch dancers and listen to instructor, offer music that complements
dance work performed by the students.

-Knowledge of a broad range of
repertory, including classical, a plus.


Minimum 2 years’ experience as a dance accompanist in a studio or academic setting. Familiarity with ballet a plus.


Musicians are paid on a per class basis.



click on the apply link completing the required information and upload one file
(accepted formats include .doc, .docx, .txt, or .pdf) that contains the
following items:
Cover letter detailing your interest in accompanying dance classes for the Ailey School and resume.

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, citizenship status, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Travel Required No
  • 405 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019, USA