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.
On April 2, Ailey II, Alvin Ailey's second company, will premiere Katarzyna Skarpetowska's half-hour work "Cuore Sott'olio," which translates as something like "heart submerged in oil."
Alberta Ballet has worked hard for a very long time to bring Ailey II, the young company of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, to Alberta for good reason. This is a had-working fun-to-watch group of budding athletic dance artists comprising some of the company's most promising scholarship students, and they thrilled their audience Thursday night at the Southern Alberta Jubilee.
Great works of dance are not easily preserved for future generations to enjoy. Moving bodies are simply not meant to be fixed to museum walls. Instead, imagine dance pieces like precious, perishable heirlooms that must be handed down and resurrected by performance.
Ailey II, the second company of the acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, commemorates their 40th anniversary with a two-week New York season curated by artistic director Troy Powell. Powell who has been with the Alvin Ailey family since the age of nine is delighted to present the show "at home."
March 13-24 marks the New York debut of Ailey II, the second company of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The newly appointed artistic director, Troy Powell, will lead the two programs, "All New" and "REturning Favorites."
Ailey II, the youthful second company of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, returns to its home at The Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York from March 13 through 24, to perform beloved numbers like "Revelations" and new choreography.
On the days Troy Powell meets with the youngest of aspiring dancers, he is often reminded of another child. "I see myself in them," he said. Powell, who began training at 9, got his start as a scholarship student at the Ailey School more than 35 years ago. He eventually became a member of Ailey II, and later joined the New York City-based Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Dance Informan's Tara Sheena spoke with acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer and choreographer Troy Poweel in late September as he was about to emark on his first season as Artistic Director of Ailey II.