(instructor marking beats) - Yeah? So you're pulling that weight over to the left, left, and then, right, right.
Five, six, seven, eight, (instructor marking beats) five, six, seven, eight.
- [Rennie] Robert Battle, just called me out of the blue and said, I want you to come and do a piece about Mr. Ailey for the 60th anniversary of the company.
- [Instructor] Six, seven, eight, go off the floor.
(instructor marking beats) - Six, seven, and eight.
And step, tap, step, tap, step, tap.
(instructor marking beats) Yeah, yes.
- The history of Ailey is off the scale, you know what I mean?
How do you present something like 60 years?
- I always felt that dance was a natural part of what I wanted to express, that what I could do with my body, was a part, a very important part of me and a way to release some of those things in myself that I had been looking for.
- There he is.
(operatic singing) ♪ Where are you going to run to? ♪ ♪ Run, run, run, run ♪ ♪ Run to the rock ♪ ♪ Run, won't you hide me? ♪ ♪ Run to the rock ♪ - Dude, please play that again.
(keyboard clicks) - I'm Alvin Ailey.
I'm a choreographer.
I create movement, and I'm searching for truth in movement.
For dance, to me, is a part- - [Rennie] I just sit there and watch, to find out what made Mr. Ailey, Mr. Ailey.
- [Ailey] I've choreographed for many kinds of- (somber orchestral music)