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
TARA BELLARDINI (Mine Hill, NJ) trained with East Coast Movement under the direction of Billy Larson. She graduated from Morris County School of Visual and Performing Arts and is a graduate of The Ailey School Certificate Program. She has trained in summer intensives at Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and performed in the 2013 Cedar Lake Installation Chess. Ms. Bellardini performed in Alvin Ailey’s Memoria during Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 2014 and 2015 New York City Center seasons. She has worked with choreographers Adam Barruch, Norbert De La Cruz III, Ray Mercer, Jennifer Archibald, Amy Hall Garner, and Alexandra Damiani and performed works by Andonis Foniadakis. This is her first season with Ailey II.