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Ailey II—Always a sure bet! – New York Amsterdam News Ailey II, the revered junior company of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, presented their first season at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, March 29 through April 2.

Under Artistic Director Troy Powell and newly appointed Rehearsal Director Fana Fraser, the dancers were the draw and did not disappoint. The dancers inlcuded Tara Bellardini, Lloyd A. Boyd III, Khalia Campbell, Gabriel Hyman, Yazzmeen Laidler, Jacob Lewis, Jessica Amber Pinkett, Jacoby Pruitt, Martell Ruffin, Courtney Celeste Spears, Christopher R. Wilson and Terri Ayanna Wright. This time around, the works ran a close parallel, and on the “All New” program, Jae Man Joo’s “Circular,” Marcus Jarrell Willis’ “Stream of Consciousness” and Bridget L. Moore’s “Sketches of Flames,” all made in 2016, drew some attention.

Alvin Ailey, Alvin Ailey II, African American Dance, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

Alvin Ailey, Alvin Ailey II, African American Dance, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

Alvin Ailey, Alvin Ailey II, African American Dance, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN


The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) is a modern dance company based in New York, New York. It was founded in 1958 by choreographer and dancer Alvin Ailey. It is made up of 32 dancers, led by artistic director Robert Battle and associate artistic director Masazumi Chaya.

AAADT, the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble (later renamed Ailey II) and the Ailey School relocated in 1980 to four new studios in a building on Broadway. The company celebrated its 25th anniversary three years later. Alvin Ailey died on December 1, 1989; before his death he selected Judith Jamison to succeed him as artistic director, and the entire Ailey organization moved to 211 West 61st Street on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The Ailey School and nearby Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC), Fordham University, have since affiliated to offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree program. (Wikipedia).