Troy Powell

Artistic Director

On July 1, 2012, Troy Powell became only the second person to lead Ailey II since its inception in 1974. A native New Yorker, Mr. Powell began his dance training at the age of nine as a scholarship student at The Ailey School. Following his graduation from The High School of Performing Arts, he became a member of Ailey II and then joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1991. He toured throughout the United States, South America, Europe, and South Africa for ten years with the Company before becoming a master teacher at The Ailey School and resident choreographer of Ailey II. Mr. Powell has choreographed ballets for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, The Ailey School, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, National Dance Company of the Bahamas, and Alaska Dance Theater, as well as three episodes of “Sesame Street.”

 
His guest artist credits include performing with companies including Batsheva, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Complexions. Mr. Powell has been featured in an American Express commercial with the Ailey company and has also appeared on television in George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum, the PBS Great Performances: Dance in America special “A Hymn for Alvin Ailey,” choreographed by Judith Jamison, “America’s Next Top Model,” and most recently the Polish version of “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Featured News Releases

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.

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."

New York Amsterdam News - Ailey II springs forward at the Joyce Theater

March 17, the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, better known as Ailey II, returns to the Joyce Theater with its first independent season at one of dance’s most cherished and historic venues. With eight performances from March 17 through March 22, Ailey II will feature two separate programs, each offering a mix of premiers and audience favorites performed by dancers who critics have praised as possessing a “breathtaking combination of athleticism and poise,” having “off-the-charts energy” and being “indefatigable, virtuosic and relentlessly sexy.”