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“The entire company looks terrific. Clearly, the future is theirs.”

The New York Times

“….the exquisitely rehearsed dancers of Ailey II possess mature mastery of style.”

Newark Star-Ledger

“…athleticism, boundless energy and constant connection to music and lyrics created a visually stunning, emotionally uplifting performance and brought the audience to its feet.”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“Second to none.”

Dance Magazine

“Off-the-charts energy.”

The New Yorker

Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Founded in 1974 as the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, the company embodies his pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people. Under the direction of Sylvia Waters from 1974 to 2012 and Troy Powell from 2012 to 2020, Ailey II has flourished into one of the most popular modern dance companies, combining a rigorous touring schedule with extensive community outreach programs. Dance Magazine calls Ailey II “second to none,” and The New York Times declares, “There’s nothing like an evening spent with Ailey II, the younger version of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.”