Ailey II

Ailey II’s Caroline Theodora Dartey and Carl Ponce Cubero.

Ailey II will hold a public performance at Wallace State Community College’s Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m.

Ailey II, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s junior company that serves as a bridge between The Ailey School and the professional dance world, is 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 promising emerging choreographers.

Founded in 1958, Ailey’s artists have performed for an estimated 25 million people in 71 countries on 6 continents. Ailey’s performances celebrate the human spirit through the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition.

“This is one of the top companies in the nation, so the importance of their performance here almost cannot be overstated. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for many of our patrons and students. We think it’s a must see for anyone interested in the arts," said Brooke Desnoes, Wallace State Dance instructor and director of the college’s Allegro Dance Theatre.

Ailey II’s world tour will feature an educational outreach component offering a variety of special activities, including master classes, student performances, and lecture-demonstrations.

“The Ailey company is one of the forerunners in community outreach. It’s an extraordinary opportunity for our young dancers to be able to witness the demonstration and participate in a master class put on by such a professional, renowned company,” Desnoes said.

A master class with members of the Ailey II company has been scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. in the Wallace State Wellness Center Dance Studio. Advanced or intermediate dance students interested in participating should contact Desnoes at brooke.desnoes@wallacestate.edu or 256-352-8153. Class size is limited to 30 and the cost is $50.

On Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 9:30 a.m., the Ailey II company will hold a lecture/demonstration in the Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre. This event is open to children as well as adults. Attendance for this intimate event is limited to the first 60 registrants. The tickets are $15. Contact at brooke.desnoes@wallacestate.edu or 256-352-8277 for reservations.

The Ailey 2 visit to Wallace State is supported in part by the Wallace State Future Foundation.

Tickets to the public performance at Wallace State on February 11 at 7:30 p.m. are available at wallacestate.edu/ailey2 or by calling 256-352-8277. Tickets range from $20 and $25 until Jan. 15. After that, prices will be $25 to $30.

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