A Louisvillian Learning the Legacy of Alvin Ailey

acqura-laceyToday, NPR’s “Morning Edition” aired a feature about the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which is on a world tour celebrating its 50th anniversary. Next week, it comes to the Kentucky Center.

Although Ailey died in 1989, his legacy lives on through the company that performs his works and commissions pieces by other choreographers. It also lives through a program between the company and Fordham University in New York. And it’s there where Aqura Lacey, a 19-year-old woman from Louisville, has just finished her freshman year. She took dance through an outreach program supported by the Kentucky Center and later studied with the Louisville Ballet School.

This week I spoke with Lacey about how she came to study with the company and her dreams of becoming a professional dancer. The conversation is on this week’s “Studio 619.” It’s on Sunday at 10 a.m.