Troy Powell remembers the late Alvin Ailey fondly. The legendary choreographer saw something in Powell at nine years old and recruited him for a children’s program after leading a masterclass at his elementary school. Perhaps that’s why, when asked about Ailey’s legacy, Powell says simply, “It's magical.”
NY1's Stephanie Simon visits Ailey II's artistic director, Troy Powell, and dancers Corrin Rachelle Mitchell and Leonardo Brito, for a sneak peek into Powell's first work for the company, Ebb and Flow. Ailey II will be performing at NYU's Skirball Theatre March 13-17.
The Next Generation of Dance will take the stage this week at NYU Skirball, continuing a 60-year legacy. Artistic Director Troy Powell and dancer Alisha Peek discussed the event with 1010 WINS Sharon Barnes-Waters on a recent episode of "City Views."
Dance Spirit - Talking Pre-Show Rituals, Self-Care, New Season Highlights, And More With Ailey II's Jessica Amber Pinkett
Every March, when NYC is deep in the winter blues, Ailey II's exciting season fires up at just the right moment. And this year is no different: They've got a roster of fiercely talented dancers, and a slew of premieres (as well as returning favorites) to boot. Dance Spirit caught up with Jessica Amber Pinkett, now in her second season with Ailey II, for a rundown on her rehearsals, pre-performance rituals, and more.
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.
BlackDoctor.org - Intel Commercial Dancer Paige Fraser & Ailey II Dancer Lloyd A. Boyd Didn’t Let Scoliosis Stop Their Dreams
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.