Photographing Alvin Ailey's Dance Gala

Alvin Ailey dancers perform "Minus 16"

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater hosts gorgeous and energetic galas at New York City Center every year. Photographing the Gala means capturing exciting moments on stage as well as the many smiling guests. Mo'Nique was the honorary chair this year, and I caught New York Times photographer (and my hero) Bill Cunningham talking with Ailey dancers.

Mo'Nique with Robert Battle
Bill Cunningham with Ailey dancers

This season, the always-incredible dancers performed Ohad Naharin's Minus 16, pulling audience members on stage -- and the crowd went wild for the honorary dancers!

The audience went wild for this audience member -- she was fantastic!

It was one of Renee Robinson's last performances with the Alvin Ailey company. She carried her signature umbrella in the world-famous Revelations. The score for the work was sung live by Jessye Norman, Anika Noni Rose and Brian Stokes Mitchell.

Renee Robinson in "Revelations"
Brian Stokes Mitchell sings live for "Revelations"

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