Sylvia Waters

BS, Juilliard School. Danced regularly on television in Paris, France; performed in Brussels and at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1968 and toured with the company until she was personally selected by Alvin Ailey in 1974 as artistic director of Ailey II; she led that company for 38 years. Served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts. Recipient of the Legacy Award as part of the 20th Annual IABD Festival, Syracuse University’s Women of Distinction Award, a Dance Magazine Award, and a “Bessie” Award. Received an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York-Oswego in 1997. Currently leads The Ailey Legacy Residency, a lecture, technique, and repertory program for college-level students that looks definitively into the history and creative heritage of Alvin Ailey. SLC, 2014–