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Ailey II: The Next Generation of Dance

Ailey II: The Next Generation of Dance

Ailey II. Photo by Nir Arieli.

Doors open at 6:30 PM

This year, Ailey II – The Next Generation of Dance – marks its 50th anniversary of merging the spirit and energy of the country’s finest early-career dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding and emerging choreographers. Founded by Alvin Ailey in 1974, this universally renowned company embodies his pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people. Under the leadership of Sylvia Waters, who served as artistic director for 38 seasons, Ailey II flourished into one of the most popular modern dance companies, combining a rigorous touring schedule with extensive community outreach programs. Today, with Artistic Director Francesca Harper at the helm, she brings fresh perspectives to Mr. Ailey’s legacy, while nurturing new creative voices and propelling the company forward.

“Off-the-charts energy.” —The New Yorker

“There’s nothing like an evening spent with Ailey II, the younger version of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.” —The New York Times

“The entire company looks terrific. Clearly, the future is theirs.” —The New York Times

“Second to none.” —Dance Magazine

“Wow factor aplenty. . .” —Herald Scotland

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Tickets

Contact theschaefercenter@appstate.edu, call 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046, visit the box office at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, or purchase online. Tickets go on sale August 28 at 10:00am.

$45 Tier 1
$35 Tier 2
$25 Tier 3
$15 Students/Children

Parking

Parking can be challenging, particularly for sold-out events. Please allow extra time to park and arrive at the theatre before showtime. See map for parking recommendations.

Accommodations

App State is committed to providing an inclusive experience for individuals with disabilities. If accommodations are needed in order to fully participate on the basis of a disability, contact the Office of Disability Resources (828-262-3056). It is recommended that accommodation requests be made two weeks prior to the event.

Schaefer Center parking map

About Ailey II

Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best early-career dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding and 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. Sylvia Waters was selected by Mr. Ailey to be its founding Artistic Director, serving in that role for the Company’s first 38 seasons and helping Ailey II to flourish into one of the most popular modern dance companies, combining a rigorous touring schedule with extensive community outreach programs. In September 2021, Francesca Harper stepped into the role of Artistic Director of Ailey II. Ms. Harper – who trained at The Ailey School and who has choreographed for both Ailey companies – brings fresh perspectives to Mr. Ailey’s legacy, while nurturing new creative voices and propelling the company forward. 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.”

For more information, visit alvinailey.org.

Ailey II’s C. Moulterie, A. Jordan, and K. Moore. Photo by Nir Arieli.

Ailey II’s C. Moulterie, A. Jordan, and K. Moore. Photo by Nir Arieli.

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