(New York) March 4, 2019 – Ailey Extension invites budding and seasoned dancers alike to spring into dance at unique workshops with leading instructors and guest artists. Throughout the month of March, workshops allow dancers’ skills to flourish as they discover fundamental elements of street styles with various instructors, explore unique approaches to fitness with a dance fitness professional, and experience Horton technique – the style of movement that can be seen during Ailey II’s highly anticipated two-week season of exhilarating performances at The Ailey CitiGroup Theater from March 25 – April 5, 2020 – from Ailey II Artistic Director Troy Powell.
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.”