Ailey II

The Hunt

The Hunt

(2001)   Choreographer: Robert Battle Music: Les Tambours du Bronx   Artistic Director Robert Battle’s athletic work for six men reveals the predatory side of human nature and the primitive thrill of the hunt. A thundering...

Revelations

Revelations

Choreographer: Alvin Ailey.  Alvin Ailey said that one of America’s richest treasures was the cultural heritage of the African-American —"sometimes sorrowful, sometimes jubilant, but... always hopeful." This enduring classic is a...

Something Tangible

Something Tangible

Inspired by everyday emotions that awaken and bring color to the human spirit, choreographer Ray Mercer leads the ensemble cast into a series of vignettes that reflect sensations of love, passion, fear, and self-doubt in Something Tangible. The work...

Troy Powell, Artistic Director

Troy Powell, Artistic Director

On July 1, 2012, Troy Powell became only the second person to lead Ailey II since its inception in 1974. A native New Yorker, Mr. Powell began his dance training at the age of nine as a scholarship student at The Ailey School. Following his...

Sylvia Waters, Artistic Director Emerita

Sylvia Waters, Artistic Director Emerita

Sylvia Waters was personally selected by Alvin Ailey in 1974 as Artistic Director of Ailey II and led the company for 38 years.  A graduate of The Juilliard School, Ms. Waters earned a B.S. in Dance prior to moving to Paris, where she appeared...

Tara Bellardini

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...

Yazzmeen Laidler

YAZZMEEN LAIDLER (Miami, FL) trained at New World School of the Arts and at Mrs. Traci Young-Bryon's Young Contemporary Dance Theatre. Ms. Laidler received her BFA from University of the Arts and was a company member of Eleone Dance Theatre. She has...

Jessica Amber Pinkett

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...

Martell Ruffin

MARTELL RUFFIN (Chicago, IL) began his formal dance training at the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago in 2009. He attended Chicago High School for the Arts under, then director, Lisa Johnson-Willingham, former dancer of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Mr....