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.

Featured News Releases

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Ailey II Performs In 24 Cities During 2016-2017 World Tour

This Friday, September 16th, Ailey II will embark on a 24-city world tour continuing through March 18th (complete schedule on page two). The tour will take the superb 12-member ensemble to more than 20 cities across the U.S., from Rochester, NY to Kansas City, MO to Honolulu, HI.

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.

Featured Press Coverage

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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.