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Ronni Favors, rehearsal director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, discusses her work in dance. After training at the Ailey School, Favors was a member of Ailey II, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company; an experienced dance educator, she was involved in the national implementation of the AileyCamp program.
Ronni Favors began dancing as a child in her hometown of Iowa City, Iowa. After studying at the National Music Camp in Interlochen, MI as the recipient of the Camp Scholarship, she traveled to New York to continue her training at The Ailey School as a Fellowship student. Ms. Favors was a member of Ailey II, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and she is a recipient of the Min-On Art Award. As the assistant to Lar Lubovitch, Ms. Favors set his works on several companies, including Cleveland Ballet, the Juilliard Dance Ensemble, Ballet du Nord, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Ms. Favors was the ballet instructor at the 1989 inaugural session of AileyCamp in Kansas City and served as Artistic Director of the Camp in 1990. She is the founding Director of Children’s Aid AileyCamp New York and provided guidance in the national implementation of the AileyCamp program. In 1997, Ms. Favors was named Assistant Rehearsal Director of the Company and was its Rehearsal Director from 1999 to 2010. Ms. Favors engaged and rehearsed local dance students who performed with the Company in Alvin Ailey’s Memoria in Johannesburg during Ailey’s return to South Africa in 1998, as well as in Seattle in 2003 and in Copenhagen, Los Angeles, Chicago, Kansas City, and New York in 2008. Most recently, she set Alvin Ailey’s Night Creature on TU Dance in St. Paul, MN, and on Oregon Ballet Theatre. Ms. Favors rejoined the Company as Rehearsal Director in 2019.
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