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Celebrate dance with Alvin Ailey free event at the Segerstrom in Costa Mesa

Free is my favorite four-lettered word and if you're like me and like free events and dance, then get in your car and head over to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts where Saturday, 22 March 2014, from noon until 4 pm. on the Arts Plaza there will be a free dance festival, Revelations Celebration, celebrating the return of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's return to the Segerstrom Center March 27-30.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Aszure Barton's "Lift" at the Segerstrom Center of the Arts in March 2014.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Aszure Barton's "Lift" at the Segerstrom Center of the Arts in March 2014.
Paul Kolnick

The event will include performances by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Spirit Chorale of Los Angeles, dance classes conducted by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater artists, Imagination Playground, street mural chalk drawing and visual arts demonstrations and food trucks to make sure you're properly energized to dancing.

Visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to participate and engage directly with Company performers and teaching artists and in other activities as well. Among the many activities planned, acclaimed Ailey teaching artist Nasha Thomas-Schmitt, master teacher and former Ailey principal dancer, will teach the distinctive movements of three of the most well-known pieces from the Company’s cornerstone work,Revelations, including “Rocka My Soul,” “Wade in the Water” and
“I’ve ‘Been Buked.” Fans and novices alike are welcome!

Discover Ailey takes place in Segerstrom Hall on Wednesday, March 26 and features pre-show audience engagement activities as well as complete performances of D-Man in the Waters (Part I) and Revelations. It is a perfect way for new audiences to discover the energy, artistry and spirit of dance and, in particular the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Tickets to the Discover Ailey on March 26 are $29 and start at $25 for the complete performances on March 27 – 29. Tickets are now available online at SCFTA.org, by calling (714) 556-2787 and at the Box Office at
600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. For inquiries about group ticket discounts, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. The TTY number is (714) 556-2746.

Free Preview Talks by Company members will be conducted one hour prior to each performance. The Friday, March 28 Preview Talk will be sign-language interpreted. Artists and program are subject to change.