The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is a New York-based dance company founded by Alvin Ailey in 1958. The group was featured in a Sesame Street film insert (EKA: Episode 1839) in which a boy takes dance lessons from them.
In 2001, members of the company made multiple appearances on Sesame Street. The performers used dance to demonstrate various concepts but also to show that dance is a form of expression available to everyone. They demonstrated same and different (EKA: Episode 3945), displayed emotions through dance for Elmo (EKA: Episode 3947), and danced with children to classical music (EKA: Episode 3948).