The famed dancers perform "Rock My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham" live from Times Square.
One way students can explore dance's past is by learning historical repertory. Ailey/Fordham BFA students take Black Traditions in American Dance and World Dance History, which are often coordinated with repertory classes. "The movement shows you a different side of what you're learning in the classroom," says Marie Paspe, a recent graduate of the program, who learned Blues Suite and Revelations from Ailey II artistic director emerita Sylvia Waters.
Dancers use strength and agility to make midair splits and elaborate lifts look effortless. Take it from these pros, who've mastered everything from ballet to break dancing, then try our flexibility workout to feel long and limber.
The Ailey II Dance Company is back in Baltimore for one day only and will take the stage at Towson University this weekend. Ailey dancers Jessica and Courtney and the Artistic Director Troy Powell joins us to tell you about the show.
The Baltimore Sun - It's Homecoming For 2 Baltimore-Area Dancers As Ailey II Performs At Towson University
First, Jessica Amber Pinkett wanted ballet shoes. Then a tutu and a tiara. At age 4, dance lessons.
Fordham graduate Courtney Celeste Spears is in her second season with Ailey II, one of two troupes in the world-renowned dance company. "Since we spend eight hours a day training, dancers have a unique love for activewear," she says.
From battling scoliosis at an early age to touring the world with one of the country's premier dance troupes, Samantha Barriento never felt out of tune with her passion for dance. "There is never a day that I question whether or not this was a good decision," Barriento told NBC News.
An estimated seven million Americans are diagnosed with some form of scoliosis, a curvature of the spine. As health reporter Erin Billups explains, for many, treatments available today mean a normal life and even an extraordinary one. Lloyd Boyd dances on the prestigious Alvin Ailey Stage as a member of the Ailey II company.
For more than 40 years, Ailey II, the junior ensemble of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, has thrilled audiences with its performances. The company travels for most of the year, but comes back to New York City for its two week season every spring.
Danica Paulos can recall the moment she knew she wanted to be a dancer. "My grandmother took me to see 'The Nutcracker' when I was 5 years old, and during intermission, I was dancing in the aisles," Paulos said.