Masazumi Chaya has been a force at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for 47 years: first as a dancer, then as choreographic assistant to Ailey, a rehearsal director and, most recently, associate artistic director alongside Judith Jamison and Robert Battle. He has quietly guided hundreds of Ailey dancers through his teaching and coaching dozens of works. During her tenure, Jamison referred to him as her “right arm.” Whether in the studio, the boardroom or theaters around the world, Chaya is a diplomat and a direct connection to the Ailey legacy. Although he is stepping down as associate artistic director in January, Chaya will remain a vital contributor to the Ailey family, launching a licensing project to afford other companies the opportunity to perform Alvin Ailey’s extensive repertory.

PRESENTED BY JUDITH JAMISON

PERFORMANCE BY CLIFTON BROWN,  JACQUELINE GREEN AND JAMAR ROBERTS

Photo by Andrew Eccles