Spotlight - Alicia Graf Mack

by Spot LA

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Alicia Graf Mack. Photo by Andrew Eccles

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Alicia Graf Mack. Photo by Andrew Eccles

Alicia Graf Mack trained (Columbia, MD) trained at Ballet Royale Institute of Maryland under Donna Pidel and attended summer intensives at the School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. Prior to dancing with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from 2005 to 2008, Mrs. Mack was a principal dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem and a member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet. In addition to several galas and festivals, she has been a guest performer with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet and with André 3000 and Beyoncé at Radio City Music Hall. She is the recipient of the Columbia University Medal of Excellence and Smithsonian Magazine’s Young Innovator Award. Mrs. Mack graduated magna cum laude with honors in history from Columbia University and received an M.A. in nonprofit management from Washington University in St. Louis. Most recently,
 Mrs. Mack served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Webster University in St. Louis. She rejoined the Company in 2011.  Here are some of her Favs.  Enjoy!

Favorite Discoveries - Finding God in unexpected places and times

Shopping- Lately, she's been into Uniqlo. She also frequents Style Haven Boutique in Montclair, New Jersey for vintage looks

Necessary Extravagance - Movie rentals from iTunes

Favorite Place in the World - At home with her husband

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Favorite Charity or Nonprofit - Prostate Cancer Network, Inc - It is an organization that her Mother started over 10 years ago in honor of her father who is a prostate cancer survivor.

Favorite Movies - Annie and Brown Sugar.  

Who is your Idol - She has many idols. She idolizes her Dad. "He is the most intelligent, selfless and loving person on the planet."  Her Mom is pretty awesome too! Her dance idol is Carmen de Lavallade

Where do you live - She lives in Columbia, MD when she has time off time and the City when she's working.  Its a different story when she's on tour however.  Alicia often finds herself living out of a suitcase when on tour


Favorite Sheets - Anything soft

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Favorite Drink - Coffee

Favorite Gadget - She can't live without her iPhone.

Favorite Neighborhood Restaurant(s) - Ja'Grill in Chicago - Jamaican food. 

Never leave home without - Rosebud Strawberry Lip Balm

Favorite Dessert - Chocolate chip cookies

Favorite Snack - Chips and guacamole

Alicia's Kicks

Favorite Soap - L'occitane with verbena

Haircut - She trims her own hair

Favorite comfort Food - Hamburgers.

Always in your Fridge -  She's never really in one place long enough to buy groceries

Favorite Kicks - She has worn these Steve Madden boots almost every day for a year. They have seen the world - Literally!

Favorite Accessory - Earrings - Alicia love hoops

Dance item always in your bag - Foot Rubz foot massage ball

Favorite piece of jewelry - Her wedding rings