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
JACOBY PRUITT (Miami, FL) began his dance training at New World School of the Arts and with IMPAC (In Motion Performing Arts Center) Youth Ensemble. He studied on scholarship in summer intensive programs at The Ailey School, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Mr. Pruitt has performed works by choreographers Bill T. Jones, Lara Murphy, Germaul Barnes, Daniel Lewis, Shannon Gillen, Laura Glenn, and Cora Bos-Kroese among others. In May 2015, he graduated with honors from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Most recently, Mr. Pruitt received a Young Professional Award from Martha Hill Dance Fund, Ltd. This is his second season with Ailey II.