The Sept. 7 event, organized by First Lady Michelle Obama, will honor Jamison for her career as an American dancer, choreographer and artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for the past 20 years.
The tribute, which will be held in the White House's East Room at 5 PM, will feature American dance from ballet, modern and contemporary dance to hip hop and Broadway. Performers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Paul Taylor Dance Company, The Washington Ballet, Super Cr3w and New York City Ballet will be featured.
Damian Woetzel, former principal dancer at the New York City Ballet and member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, will direct.
A dance workshop will be held in the White House East Room on Sept. 7 at 3 PM. Dance companies will lead a segment of the workshop focusing on their genre. Students from the Alvin Ailey School; Ballet Hispanico; Cab Calloway School of the Arts; Dance Theatre of Harlem; Interlochen Center for the Arts; The Washington School of Ballet; the National Dance Institute's New York, Colorado and New Mexico affiliates; the Chicago Multicultural Dance Center; and the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts will participate in this 90-minute workshop and then attend the early-evening performance as guests.
Billy Elliot's Jacob Clemente, Alex Ko and Liam Redhead will be part of the workshop.