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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Ailey II Performs In 26 Cities on 2015-2016 US Tour

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.

Ailey II's First Independent New York Season At The Joyce Theater

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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SELF - Performance Gear Goes Super Chic

Fordham graduate Courtney Celeste Spears is in her second season with Ailey II, one of two troupes in the world-renowned dance company. "Since we spend eight hours a day training, dancers have a unique love for activewear," she says.


NY1 - Ailey Dancer Gets Back Into Routine After Scoliosis Surgery

An estimated seven million Americans are diagnosed with some form of scoliosis, a curvature of the spine. As health reporter Erin Billups explains, for many, treatments available today mean a normal life and even an extraordinary one. Lloyd Boyd dances on the prestigious Alvin Ailey Stage as a member of the Ailey II company.