Beyond the Steps – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater


Director: Phil Bertelsen
Country: USA
Year: 2006
Running Time: 87 min.
Language: English


This film follows Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater during a pivotal time in its history as the company ventures abroad while establishing new roots home in New York City.

About the Director

Phil Bertelsen

betelsen_philBiography: Born and raised in New Jersey, Phil Bertelsen has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Rutgers University. He also holds an M.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he was a Johnson Scholar and a Spike Lee Fellow. His short film, Around the Time, was honored with a Student Academy Award, a Wasserman Award as Best Film at NYU, a Roger Award for Best American Short at the New York/Avignon Film Festival, and Best Short at the Urban World Film Festival. In 2000, Bertelsen finished The Sunshine, an award-winning documentary about a flophouse on New York’s skid row. Around that time he participated in the Sundance Institute Directors’ and Writers’ Workshops. Bertelsen also contributed to Matters of Race, a four-part PBS documentary series on race. Prior to coming to New York, Bertelsen was a producer/director of public affairs for both cable and public television, helping to launch Philadelphia’s public broadcast station WYBE-TV.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Beyond the Steps – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (2007).

Around the Time (1997);
The Sunshine (2000);
Outside Looking In: Transracial Adoption in America (2001);
EveryOther (2003);
Rock the Paint (2005);
Beyond the Steps – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (2006);
t n y d n c r (2009).