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Ailey’s Enduring Exuberance

Few modern dance visionaries have succeeded in


the art form’s founding promises as completely as Alvin Ailey. Founded

in 1958, the company continues to draw huge audiences around the


The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, led by Judith Jamison, returns

to McCarter Theater for three performances Monday through Wednesday,

May 7, 8, and 9 (609-258-2787).

Ailey’s signature and rapturous work, "Revelations," which

dates back to 1960, is promised on all three McCarter programs.

On the company’s last visit to Princeton, Ailey dancer Solange Sandy

Groves told U.S. 1 that "Revelations" is one ballet she never

tires of performing. "You might be tired when you look up into

the lights during the `I Been ‘Buked’ opening, but you’re lifted up

and you forget all of that. Alvin Ailey lives in that ballet, and

you are energized to go on — it’s a quiet indescribable moment.

Before the `Yellow Section’ of the dance, Miss Jamison always comes

on stage and talks to us. She says, `Let’s take these people to


You transport these people, and you become transported also. It’s

magic really. Plain and simple."

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, McCarter

Theater ,

609-258-2787. $40 & $43. Monday to Wednesday, May 7, 8, and 9,

at 8 p.m.

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McCarter Theater is casting boys ages 10 to 13, with


experience, for its fall production of "Romeo and Juliet."

Auditions are on Friday, May 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. For appointment,

call Sara Ryung Clement at 609-258-6505.

McCarter hosts "A Classic Summer 2001," a


program focusing on classic dramatic training including acting,


combat, make-up, mime, movement, Shakespeare studies, and stagecraft.

Auditions for interested students are Friday and Saturday, May 4 and

5. Program cost is $850, with some scholarships available. Call


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Spirit of Princeton seeks veterans to march in the


Day Parade that will take place on Saturday, May 26, on Princeton

Avenue, beginning at 9:15 a.m. Call 609-921-3800.

Watershed Organic Farm will deliver fresh,


vegetables to homes in Lambertville, Princeton Junction, Plainsboro,

and Yardley. Each one-bushel box of produce provides vegetables for

a household of two to three people for one week. For membership, call


The International Side Saddle Organization and the


County Horse and Pony Association are two groups seeking to


in area street parades. Both groups have horses and riders with


parade experience in Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington,

D.C., as well as Somerville, Ringwood, and Morris Plains. For


contact Michelle M. Liggett at

New Jersey Historical Commission is seeking information

on the Underground Railroad in New Jersey. Any information such as

diaries, letters, and oral traditions welcomed. Call 609-292-6077

or E-mail

Pennington Dance is accepting registration for 2001-2002

classes, beginning in September. The studio offers instruction in

classical ballet, jazz, and tap, for ages pre-school to adult. Call


Historic Fallsington announces a watercolor workshop each

day Monday through Friday, July 9 to 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


receive class and individual instruction from Janice Edelman. Call


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Mercer County College seeks summer and fall housing near

both campuses for students. The college serves as listing agent.


and other arrangements are between the homeowner and student. Call

609-58604800 ext. 3435.

American International Youth Student Exchange Program

seeks host families for high school students from France, Germany,

Belgium, Spain, and Denmark for the 2001-’02 school year. Students

arrive in late August, attend local high schools, and return to their

home country in June. Call 800-347-7575 or visit

Fresh Air Fund is seeking families to host children from

low-income neighborhoods of New York City this summer. Call


or visit

Ride for Life is planning its 14th annual fundraiser for

Muscular Dystrophy Association. Participants ride over 260 miles on

motorcycles. Registration packets are available at area


dealerships or by calling 215-773-8081.

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