AREA is proud to host its 3rd year of presenting Ailey Extension Workshops/ATL!

These workshops are designed to give the Atlanta dance community an opportunity to study and train with prominent Instructors from the Ailey Extension. Each class will offer hands-on professional training to improve your movement quality, develop your stylistic range, and focus on a strong technical foundation.


Broadway Jazz with Judine Somerville

Judine Somerville performed in five original Broadway musicals including the Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray, where she was part of the singing trio sensation ‘The Dynamites’. Judine’s other Broadway credits include On The TownThe LifeCrazy For You and Late Night Comic. Judine also received critical acclaim for her performances as ‘Rita White’ in the musical Me & Mrs. Jones as ‘Helene’ in Sweet Charity. Her many television appearances include “The Rose Bowl Parade,” “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “The VH-1 Vogue Awards,” and more.  Judine has also performed on The Tony Awards, The Jerry Lewis Telethon, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Grammy Awards and at The New York Stock Exchange.

Contemporary with Martell Ruffin

Martell Ruffin (Chicago, IL) began his formal dance training at the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago in 2009. He attended Chicago High School for the Arts under, then director, Lisa Johnson-Willingham, former dancer of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Mr. Ruffin has been awarded dance scholarship to intensives at Joffrey Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Complexions, and received first place in the all-city NAACP ACT-SO Competition 2011. Mr. Ruffin trained at The Ailey School as a scholarship student and has performed works by Lisa Johnson-Willingham, Earl Mosley, George Faison, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Matthew Rushing, Jae Man joo, Robert Battle, and Alvin Ailey. Martell has also been seen in  “poison girl” Christian Dior commercial for woman’s fragrance and a Urban outfitters commercial for music artist “Samantha Urbani. Martell has finished his two years with Ailey II and now freelance Choreographing ,teaching and guesting around the world.

Horton Technique with Lisa Johnson-Willingham

With Live drumming, this modern dance technique emphasizes a whole body, anatomical approach to dance that includes flexibility, strength, coordination, and body spatial awareness to enable unrestricted, dramatic freedom of expression. Lisa Johnson-Willingham, is a former dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and currently the Director of the Ailey Extension.  Devoted to expanding Mr. Ailey’s legacy that dance comes from the people and should be given back to the people Lisa is passionate in making dance accessible to all people.





Ailey Extension @ AREA | OCT 6-7

 Saturday, October 6 (ages 8 – 12)

4:00 – 5:15pm – Broadway Jazz with Judine Somerville

5:30 – 6:45pm – Horton with Lisa Johnson-Willingham

  Saturday, October 6 (ages 13+)

4:00 – 5:30pm – Horton with Lisa Johnson-Willingham

5:45 – 7:00pm – Broadway Jazz with Judine Somerville (ages 13+)

Sunday, October 7 (ages 8 – 12)

3:00 – 4:15pm – Horton with Lisa Johnson-Willingham

4:30 – 5:45pm – Contemporary with Martell Ruffin (ages 8 – 12)

 Sunday, October 7 (ages 13+)

3:00 – 4:30pm – Contemporary with Martell Ruffin

4:30 – 6:00pm – Horton with Lisa Johnson-Willingham (ages 13+)

6:00 – 7:30pm – Advanced Contemporary with Martell Ruffin (ages 16+)

 Workshop Fee:

Single Class: $25.00

One Day Workshop: $40.00 (includes 2 classes)

Two Day Workshop: $75.00 (includes 4 classes)





Workshop Fees:

Single Class: $25.00

One Day Workshop: $40.00 (includes 2 classes)

Two Day Workshop: $75.00 (includes 4 classes)




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