March 29 to April 2, the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, also known as Ailey II, swings into New York fresh off a 25-city tour for a two-week engagement at NYU Skirball center.
The famed dancers perform "Rock My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham" live from Times Square.
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.
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.
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Ailey II dancer Lloyd A. Boyd was a sophomore in high school when he found out he had scoliosis. In 2007, an instructor at his Summer Intensive program in Dayton, OH noticed his uneven back.
Courtney Celeste Spears - Audra Danielle Noyes is a young designer, having made her way nearly straight from her studies at Savannah College of Art and Design to Paris, where she cut her teeth at Lanvin and John Galliano. And so her Spring précis was one no doubt informed by her own experiences, which delved deeply into the metamorphosis of a young woman.
She started dancing at the age of three and that was only because her mother went to a Target store and picked out a ballet outfit just to see how her toddler would look in it. For Courtney Celeste Spears, it's like she never took off the leotard.
Courtney Celeste Spears - Every year, the Princess Grace Foundation honors a few lucky members of the arts community. Getting a Princess Grace Award (which comes with a generous grant) is like joining one of the most elite clubs around—a club that includes David Hallberg, Tiler Peck, Mike Minery, Gillian Murphy, Kyle Abraham, Drew Jacoby and Isabella Bolyston.
Venturing south from its home on West 55th Street, this hardworking ensemble, the second company of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, presents its first independent season at the Joyce Theater.