Alvin Ailey Dancer Hope Boykin returns for Laguna Dance Festival master class, evening salon event

Intermediate and advanced dance students are invited to participate in a master class taught by celebrated dancer and choreographer Hope Boykin of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. 

The class will be held on Saturday, April 11 from 2 to 4:15 p.m. in the dance studio at Laguna Beach High School, 625 Park Avenue. The class and Q&A session are open to dancers ages 12 and older. Cost is $25 to participate; observers may sit in for $15. Register in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 949-715-5578. 

From 5 to 7 p.m. that evening, a salon discussion providing insights into Ms. Boykin’s career and life as an Ailey dancer will be held at a private residence in Laguna Beach. Ms. Boykin will be joined by Laguna Dance Festival founder and artistic director Jodie Gates and board member and former Orange County Register dance critic Paul Hodgins for a facilitated conversation. A light dinner will be served. Admission is $50 per person with proceeds to Laguna Dance Festival’s ongoing educational programming. Reservations required by April 6; call 949-715-5578.

Photo by Jerry Metellus

Hope Boykin of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Boykin will be performing with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Los Angeles April 15–19 at the Music Center. 

“It has been such joy to watch Hope launch into a prolific career in dance,” commented festival artistic director Gates, who danced with Boykin among the first performers with Complexions Contemporary Ballet. “She is a true artist as well as a wonderful teacher and mentor to many students nationwide.” 

A native of Durham, North Carolina, Boykin studied with Jennifer Potts and Nina Wheeler and was a three-time recipient of the American Dance Festival’s Tuition Scholarship, held at Duke University. After moving to Washington, D.C. to attend Howard University, she trained and danced with Lloyd Whitmore and his New World Dance Company. She was a founding member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, danced with Philadanco from 1994-2000, where she received the acclaimed “Bessie” award for performance, and joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2000. A celebrated dancer and choreographer, Hope Boykin is a guest artist at University of the Arts and Howard University, and also teaches Horton technique for The Ailey School.

She sums up her commitment to dance this way: “Striving to create and share an environment of ease and understanding through movement, teaching, and my choreography, I wish to bring forth a sense of simplicity, exploring new levels of spiritual awareness and to express my blessings with those who feel that there are limits, because there are none.”

Master classes are an integral part of Laguna Dance Festival’s mission to nurture dance education year-round. The Laguna Dance Festival is regarded as one of Orange County’s major annual cultural events and continues to be an important showcase for new and established dance companies and artists. This year’s 11th festival is set for September 3–13; the names of the world-renowned dance companies that will take the stage at Laguna Playhouse will soon be announced. For more information, call 949-715-5578 or visit www.lagunadancefestival.org.