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Matthew Rushing and Renee Robinson in rehearsal with Yale Dance Theater

A symposium on Yale Dance Theater’s (YDT) spring 2015 project, “Inheriting Ailey: Featuring a New Work by Matthew Rushing,” will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. at the Afro-American Cultural Center, 211 Park St. Elizabeth Alexander, Daphne Brooks, Jonathan Holloway, Matthew Jacobson, Constance Valis Hill, Renee Robinson, and the dancers of Yale Dance Theater will take part in the symposium, which will be moderated by graduate student Nathalie Batraville. YDT's spring project focuses on the influence of Alvin Ailey on the next generation of artists working today. Matthew Rushing, a featured dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, is creating a new dance exclusively for YDT. Renee Robinson, another celebrated Ailey dancer, will stage an excerpt from the early Ailey ballet Blues Suite (1958). For more information on the project’s culminating performance on April 11, visit: http://ydt.commons.yale.edu/