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 2017-2018 Season Press Release

(New York) September 13, 2017 – Ailey II kicks off a 32-city world tour this Saturday, September 16th, continuing through March 11th (schedule on page 3). The acclaimed 12-member ensemble will inspire audiences in more than two dozen cities across the U.S., including a stop in Atlanta as part of Ailey’s Destination Dance initiative, which uses dance as a centerpiece for engagement. Ailey II will also reach international audiences in France and Spain, and will return home for its annual New York season, taking place at the Ailey Citigroup Theater from March 14th – 25th.

Artistic Director Robert Battle Announces Exciting Highlights To Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Lincoln Center Season June 14-18

Artistic Director Robert Battle announces a variety of exciting happenings in connection with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Lincoln Center season at the David H. Koch Theater June 14 – 18. In addition to three diverse programs featuring recent favorites and the company premiere of Battle’s Mass, the season will include an array of uplifting activities for all ages, the return of acclaimed dancer Clifton Brown, a special Ailey Spirit Gala performance of Moonlight x Ailey.

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Ailey II Makes NYU Skirball Center Debut March 29 - April 2

Ailey II makes its NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts debut March 29 – April 2, sharing two programs of premieres and returning favorites with audiences during its annual New York season. The 12 young dancers return to the New York stage after a 25-city world tour to share their artistry and prowess in an expansive repertory by emerging and established choreographers, including Leila Da Rocha, Jean Emile, Jae Man Joo, Ray Mercer, Bridget L. Moore, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater member Jamar Roberts, and former Ailey dancer Marcus Jarrell Willis

Featured Press Coverage

Amsterdam News - Ailey II: Young, Gifted, Talented And Thrilling

March 29 to April 2, the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, also known as Ailey II, swings into New York fresh off at 25-city tour for a two-week engagement at NYU's Skirball Center. Critics have called the 12 talented performers in Ailey II "spectacular," "the younger version of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater," full of "youthful promise" with "dazzling technique" and "off-the-charts energy."