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
LLOYD A. BOYD III (Cleveland, OH) began dancing at the age of 13 while training at Cleveland School of the Arts. He has attended summer intensives at The Ailey School, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Greer Reed, and Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp. Mr. Boyd is a graduate from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and has worked with choreographers Bill T Jones, Susan Jaffe, Juel D. Lane, and Larry Keigwin. In 2014, he was part of the international tour of Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance production of Romeo and Juliet. This is Mr. Boyd’s second season with Ailey II.