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
CHRISTOPHER R. WILSON (Augusta, GA) began his dance training at Cutno Dance Center and continued his studies at the Augusta Ballet School. He is a graduate of John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School and is currently a senior in the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance. Mr. Wilson has attended summer programs at Alonzo King LINES Ballet as well as The School at Jacob's Pillow and has danced with BHdos, the second company of Ballet Hispanico. He has performed works by choreographers Matthew Rushing, Kyle Abraham, Emily Molnar, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Eduardo Vilaro, Stefanie Batten Bland, and Nicholas Villeneuve. This is his first season with Ailey II.