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Ailey II

Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Founded in 1974, the company embodies Mr. Ailey’s pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people. Under the direction of Sylvia Waters, Ailey II flourished into one of the most popular dance companies in the county. With new Artistic Director Troy Powell at the helm, Ailey II will continue to thrive as he brings a fresh dimension to this beloved company.

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February 18, 2016
Ailey II’s “indefatigable, virtuosic, and relentlessly sexy” dancers (Los Angeles Times) return to the Ailey Citigroup Theater with two programs of premieres and returning audience favorites. The upcoming New York season comes on the heels of the company’s 26-city tour.
September 21, 2015
This Friday, Ailey II will embark on a 26-city US tour running through March 13th. The tour will take the stellar 12 member ensemble to Towson, MD; Memphis, TN; Pittsburgh, PA; Albuquerque, NM; New Orleans, LA; and Durham, NC among many others.
January 07, 2015
Ailey II’s “indefatigable, virtuosic, and relentlessly sexy” dancers (Los Angeles Times) return to The Joyce Theater from March 17 – 22 with two programs of premieres and recent audience favorites. The Company’s spring run at The Joyce will be the first time they will present an independent season at one of dance’s most cherished and historic venues.

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July 30, 2015
It's the last hour of an exhuasting, all-day Ailey II rehearsal. Troy Powell, the company's artistic director, has just called for a five-minute break.  More >