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
JESSICA AMBER PINKETT (Randallstown, MD) began her dance training at Baltimore Dance Tech under the direction of Stephanie Powell. She has trained at summer intensives including Dance Theatre of Harlem, Bates Dance Festival, and The Ailey School as a scholarship student. Ms. Pinkett has worked with choreographers including Ray Mercer, Stephanie Powell, Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, Kirven Douthit-Boyd, Sonia Dawkins, and Runqiao Du. She has received numerous honors and awards including the gold medal in the regional ACT-SO competition, the bronze medal in the national ACT-SO competition, and several scholarships. Ms. Pinkett graduated with honors from Towson University, receiving her BFA in dance and performing arts. This is her first season with Ailey II.