Alvin Ailey + Spring Dresses = OMG I Can’t

The secret’s out: Dancers are the ultimate in GLAM. (Obviously!) The world of high fashion realized this a while ago, and recent press is confirming what us dancers already knew. (See Teen Vogue‘s “Strictly Ballet” and Free People’s ballet collection—which, with the help of Ballet Zaida’s Oliver Endahl, eventually produced some beautiful dance photography.)

This week, Elle magazine followed suit with “Alvin Ailey Dancers Take on Spring’s Best Dresses.” Yes, guys, this is just as glorious as it sounds. The exquisite women of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ailey II are the perfect models to show off the fun, flirty dresses of the season. Warning: Desire to shop will increase ten-fold after viewing these photos. Check out some of our favorites, below.

All photos Kathryn Wirsing/Elle

Megan Jakel brings the class in a feminine Adeam dress, while Akua Noni Parker gets elegant in a Banjanan maxi.

Ailey II dancers get girly: Aubree Brown in a Stop Staring dress, Shay Bland in Stop Staring separates and Samantha Barriento in a Katie Ermilio dress.

Fana Tesfagiorgis—in an Ellery shift dress—and Akua Noni Parker—in a Kisua dress—show off patterns that pop.

Fana Tesfagiorgis is stunning in a Katie Ermilio party dress.

Ailey II dancers Samantha Barriento—in a tibi dress—and Aubree Brown—rockin' Sally LaPointe—make a case for yellow as the color of the season.

Catch Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Lincoln Center, now until June 22.

About Maggie McNamara

Maggie McNamara is an assistant editor at Dance Spirit.
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