An Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater production can be a wonderful introduction for children to the world of dance. The narrative nature of the choreography is universal and transcends technical jargon. One needn’t be a seasoned ballerina or even a frequent audience member to connect with the performance.

For the Alvin Ailey company, dance is first and foremost a form of storytelling, and every child loves story time.

The Alvin Ailey troupe leapt onto the Gaillard Auditorium stage Friday night. This afternoon is your last chance to catch this influential company, which has helped to define modern dance in America for over a half century.

Today’s program includes “Arden Court,” “Home” and “In/Side.” “Revelations,” a pillar of the Alvin Ailey repertoire, will close the performance. Broken into three sections and set to traditional spirituals, hymns, and gospel and blues songs, “Revelations” shares the cultural heritage of African-Americans through movement.

RECOMMENDATION: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, 2 p.m., Sunday, Gaillard Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St.