Horizontal TabsDescription Experience the "off the charts energy" (The New Yorker) exhibited by the dancers from Ailey II. You will be captivated by the exhilarating and diverse repertory, including Alvin Ailey's timeless classics and thrilling new works by emerging choreographers. The Rising Stars of Modern DanceThe talented dancers of Ailey II are renowned for captivating audiences and translating their strength and agility into powerful performances. Under the artistic direction of Troy Powell, this critically-acclaimed company presents vibrant performances and innovative community programs across the country and internationally. The Ailey spirit shines as these artists perform an exhilarating and diverse repertory that includes Alvin Ailey's timeless classics and thrilling new works by today's outstanding emerging choreographers. Troy Powell Artistic Director Photo: Eduardo Patino, NYC Artists 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, the company embodies Mr. Ailey's pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people. After touring North America and abroad, Ailey II brings its critically acclaimed performances home each spring for an annual New York season at The Ailey Citigroup Theater. Past engagements have taken place at the world-famous Apollo Theater and The Joyce Theater. The company's repertory has included works by dance masters Alvin Ailey, Talley Beatty, Donald Byrd, Ulysses Dove, George W. Faison, Lar Lubovitch, Judith Jamison and Ailey's Artistic Director Robert Battle as well as works by rising choreographers such as Sidra Bell, Thang Dao, Carlos dos Santos, and Christopher L. Huggins. Ailey II flourished into one of the most popular dance companies in the country under the leadership of Sylvia Waters (1974- 2012), combining a rigorous touring schedule with extensive community outreach programs. With new Artistic Director Troy Powell at the helm, Ailey II will continue to thrive as he brings a fresh dimension to this beloved company. Troy Powell, Artistic DirectorOn July 1, 2012, Troy Powell became only the second person to lead Ailey II since its inception in 1974. A native New Yorker, Mr. Powell began his dance training at the age of nine as a scholarship student at The Ailey School. Following his graduation from The High School of Performing Arts, he became a member of Ailey II and then joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1991. He toured throughout the United States, South America, Europe, and South Africa for ten years with the Company before becoming a master teacher at The Ailey School and resident choreographer of Ailey II. Mr. Powell has choreographed ballets for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, The Ailey School, Dallas Black Dance Theater, National Dance Company of the Bahamas, and Alaska Dance Theater, as well as three episodes of "Sesame Street." His guest artist credits include performing with companies including Batsheva, Dallas Black Dance Theater, and Complexions. Mr. Powell has been featured in an American Express commercial with the Ailey company and has also appeared on television in George C. Wolfe's "The Colored Museum," the "PBS Great Performances: Dance in America special A Hymn for Alvin Ailey," choreographed by Judith Jamison, "America's Next Top Model," and most recently the Polish version of "So You Think You Can Dance." Alia Kache, Rehearsal DirectorAlia Kache (Chattanooga, TN) received her early dance training at Center for Creative Arts and Chattanooga Ballet. A graduate of the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. program in 2004, she subsequently joined Ailey II and also performed with Nathan Trice/RITUALS, Creative Outlet, Genesis Dance Company, and CeDeCe (Alcobaça, Portugal). Ms. Kache has appeared in Laurie Simon's Music of Regret – Act III, Radio City Christmas Spectacular 75th Anniversary DVD, and Cordoniu Navidad 2007 (Barcelona, Spain). She was a featured dancer in Big League Theatrical's Aida, and also performed with Disney's The Lion King (Gazelle Tour). As co- founder of Renegade Performance Group, Ms. Kache has choreographed for Broadway Cares, and The Helping Hands Campaign. SYLVIA WATERS, Artistic Director EmeritaSylvia Waters was personally selected by Alvin Ailey in 1974 as Artistic Director of Ailey II and led the company for 38 years. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Ms. Waters earned a B.S. in Dance prior to moving to Paris, where she appeared regularly on television. She has also performed in Brussels and at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City. In 1968, Ms. Waters joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and toured with the Company until assuming leadership of Ailey II. In 1997, she received an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York at Oswego, and she has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts. Ms. Waters is a recipient of the Legacy Award as part of the 20th Annual IABD Festival, Syracuse University's Women of Distinction Award, a Dance Magazine Award, and a "Bessie" Award. Currently, Ms. Waters leads The Ailey Legacy Residency, a lecture, technique and repertory program for college-level students that looks definitively into the history and creative heritage of Alvin Ailey. DANCER BIOGRAPHIESSAMANTHA BARRIENTO (Queens, NY) graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and is a recent graduate, with honors, from the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program in Dance. At these institutions, Ms. Barriento performed works by choreographers Elisa King, Earl Mosley, Christian von Howard, Adam Barruch, Scott Rink, Troy Powell, Matthew Rushing, Christopher L. Huggins, Jennifer Archibald, Alvin Ailey, Dwight Rhoden, and Darrell Grand Moultrie. She has also attended summer intensives across the United States, including Jacob's Pillow's Contemporary Dance Program, where she received the 2013 Lorna Strassler Award. This is Ms. Barriento's first season with Ailey II. RICCARDO BATTAGLIA (Pescara, Italy) began dancing at the age of eight at Scuola D'Arte New Step in his hometown. He is a three-time winner of the "Expressions" competition held in Florence as part of the Danzainfiera event and also won the Tip Tap Show competition in Rome. Mr. Battaglia trained at The Ailey School as a scholarship student, where he performed in the 2011 and 2012 Ailey at the Apollo galas. He has worked with choreographers including Earl Mosley, Hope Boykin, Thang Dao, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Nathan Trice, and Jennifer Archibald. Mr. Battaglia was a member of Elisa Monte Dance. This is his second year with Ailey II. SHAY BLAND (Englewood, NJ) began her dance training at Progressive Dance Studio under the direction of Jolene Perry. She graduated from Professional Performing Arts High School and attended Rutgers University, where she was awarded the James Dickson Carr Scholarship. Ms. Bland also trained at The Ailey School as a scholarship student and worked with choreographers Francesca Harper, Christian von Howard, Earl Mosley, Camille A. Brown, Christopher L. Huggins, Ray Mercer, Ronald K. Brown, and Danielle Agami. She participated in the Macy's 50th Anniversary Thanksgiving Day Parade and performed in Alvin Ailey's Memoria and Revelations with a cast of 50 during Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's 2012 New York City Center season. This is her second year with Ailey II. AUBREE BROWN (Baltimore, MD) began her dance training at Baltimore School for the Arts under the guidance of Norma Pera, Anton Wilson, Deborah Robinson, and Linda-Denise Fischer-Harrell. She also trained at summer intensives including Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, and at The Ailey School as a scholarship student. Ms. Brown has worked with choreographers including Jessica Lang, Ray Mercer, Bettijane Sills, Kirven James Boyd, Nathan Trice, and Amber Lee Parker and performed works by George Balanchine. In May 2013, Ms. Brown graduated with a B.F.A. from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase College. This is her second year with Ailey II. DAVID ADRIAN FREELAND, JR. (Jacksonville, FL) began his dance training at LaVilla School of the Arts under the direction of Michelle Ottley-Fisher and Susan Jennings. He then attended Jacksonville Center of the Arts where he received much of his training under the direction of Kezia Rolle. Mr. Freeland has received full scholarships to summer intensives at the Nashville Ballet and The Juilliard School and attended the Conservatory of Dance at the State University of New York at Purchase College. He has performed works by choreographers including Larry Keigwin, Jennifer Muller, Cleo Parker Robinson, and Ronen Koresh. This is Mr. Freeland's third year with Ailey II. NATHANIEL HUNT (Glen Burnie, MD) began his dance training at Design In Motion Dance Studio in Gambrills, MD under the guidance of Colette Cross. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.F.A. in Dance from Long Island University. Mr. Hunt studied as a scholarship student at The Ailey School, Earl Mosley's Institute for the Arts, and Joffrey Ballet School. He also attended The School at Jacob's Pillow and Cedar Lake's 360 ̊ program, and has worked with choreographers Ronald K. Brown, Hope Boykin, Earl Mosley, and Larry Keigwin. Mr. Hunt is a recipient of a Maryland Distinguished Scholar of the Arts award and the Award for Excellence in the Arts Program from the National Society of Arts and Letters. This is his first season with Ailey II. CHALVAR MONTEIRO (Montclair, NJ) began his formal dance training at Sharron Miller's Academy for the Performing Arts and went on to study at The Ailey School. He received his B.F.A. in dance from SUNY Purchase where he performed works by Merce Cunningham, Helen Pickett, Doug Varone, Paul Taylor, Kevin Wynn, and Dianne McIntyre. Since graduating, Mr. Monteiro worked with Sidra Bell Dance New York, Elisa Monte Dance, Keigwin + Company, and most recently Abraham.In.Motion. Mr. Monteiro has assisted Kyle Abraham in setting and creating work for Barnard College, Princeton University, Emory University, Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Wendy Whelan's Restless Creature. ANNELLYSE MUNROE (Miami, FL) began her dance training at South Florida Ballet under Jennifer Rose, Riolama Lorenzo, and Maria Eugenia Lorenzo. She attended summer intensives at American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Martha Graham, and The Ailey School as a scholarship student. Ms. Munroe has worked with choreographers including Kyle Abraham, Desmond Richardson, and Sonia Dawkins. She has performed at the Joyce Theater for Martha Graham Dance Company's 86th anniversary season and in the Fridays at Noon: Merce Cunningham: New Perspectives, A Living Legacy series at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. In April 2014, Ms. Munroe received a B.F.A with honors from New World School of the Arts. This is her first season with Ailey II. DANICA PAULOS (Huntington Beach, CA) began her dance training at Orange County Dance Center in Southern, CA and also studied in Los Angeles with Yuri Grigoriev. She graduated from the Professional Performing Arts School in New York and trained at The Ailey School as a scholarship student. Ms. Paulos attended summer intensives at Kirov Academy of Ballet, The Juilliard School, Complexions Contemporary Ballt, and Jacob's Pillow. She has performed works by Robert Battle, Judith Jamison, Erika Pujic, and Christian von Howard. Ms. Paulos received a Level 1 award as a YoungArts finalist by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. This is her first year with Ailey II. DEIDRE ROGAN (Warren, OH) began her dance training in Fort Myers, FL at Gulfshore Ballet under the direction of Melinda Roy and Roberto Munoz. She has also trained in summer intensives at Miami City Ballet, The School at Jacob's Pillow, and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Ms. Rogan is currently a senior in the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program in Dance, and has worked with choreographers including Milton Myers, Matthew Rushing, Hope Boykin, Ronald K. Brown, Sonia Dawkins, and Cheryl Copeland. She performed in Alvin Ailey's Memoria during Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's 2012 New York City Center season, and is a three time recipient of a BIG ARTS awards scholarship and a National Young Arts award scholarship. This is her first season as an apprentice with Ailey II. COURTNEY ROSS (New Orleans, LA) began her formal dance training with the NORD/NOBA Center for Dance under the direction of Jenny Hamilton. She graduated from New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and Lusher Charter School, where she earned a Certificate of Artistry in Dance. Ms. Ross has performed works by choreographers Robert Battle, Hope Boykin, Jennifer Archibald, Dwight Rhoden, Ronald K. Brown, Darrell Grand Moultrie, and Kirven Douthit-Boyd and has worked with Hector Mercado and Debbie Allen. In 2013, she performed in Alvin Ailey's Memoria during Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's New York City Center season. Ms. Ross recently graduated with honors from the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program in Dance. This is her first season with Ailey II. TERRELL SPENCE (Baltimore, MD) began his dance career at the age of fifteen at Savage Dance Company. He continued his training and later graduated from Carver Center for Arts and Technology with a concentration in dance. Mr. Spence has attended summer intensives at Bates Dance Festival, The School of Nashville Ballet and Jacobs Pillow. He has performed works by Judith Jamison, Hope Boykin, Matthew Rushing, Ohad Naharin, Alexandre Proia, and Nicholas Villeneuve. Currently a senior in the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program in Dance, this is Mr. Spence's first season with Ailey II. JAMAL WHITE (Birmingham, AL) was raised in Atlanta, GA and began his training at Dance Makers of Atlanta under the direction of Denise and Lynise Heard. He studied as a scholarship student at Virginia School of the Arts and trained in intensive programs at Kirov Academy of Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and London Contemporary Dance School. In 2011, Mr. White received a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University, where he performed works by Adam Hougland, George Balanchine, Donald McKayle, Pascal Rioult, Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, and Martha Graham. He has also worked with Rasta Thomas' Bad Boys of Dance and Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. This is his second year with Ailey II. Multimedia Ailey II Artistic Director Previews Ailey II from Alvin Ailey on Vimeo.