Melanie Person

Playbill - Fifty Years Of Developing Dreams At The Ailey School

Playbill - Fifty Years Of Developing Dreams At The Ailey School

In 1979, a young New York City boy met Alvin Ailey at his public elementary school during a dance workshop; unbeknownst to him it was an audition. Then nine-year-old Troy Powell had no idea who Mr. Ailey was and no formal dance training, although he came from a large African American family where dance was interwoven into their everyday home life. "I was handpicked to join the first children's program at The Ailey School, and the experience made a huge impact and changed my life," says Powell, who continued to climb the ranks through the School's professional division, Ailey II, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He succeeded Sylvia Waters in 2012 as Ailey II's Artistic Director.

The New York Times - A Tribute to the Past, Visions of the Future

When a school is a training ground for a company, its performances offer an interesting opportunity to see the way technique and performance styles are forged. On Wednesday night the Alvin AIley School presented its Spring Celebration Concert at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, and the senior students who too pride of place were remarkable for the ardent sincerity of their demeanor as well as the excellence of their dancing.