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Performing Arts and Speaker Series

Ailey II

Ailey pictureTime: March 6, 2007, 7 pm

Location: McConnell Auditorium, Ellensburg Campus, Central Washington University

TICKETS: Reserved Seats $45; General Admission $35; Students with I.D. $20

Ailey II is an exceptional dance company that merges 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. Alvin Ailey personally appointed former Ailey member, Sylvia Waters, as artistic director in 1974. Under her direction, Ailey II has become one of the most popular dance companies in the country, combining a rigorous touring schedule with extensive community outreach programs.

Ailey II began in 1974 as the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, when Alvin Ailey initiated a workshop composed of the most promising scholarship students from The Ailey School. The original members of the Company were hand picked by Mr. Ailey from among that group. Ailey II embodies Mr. Ailey's pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people. Today, it has become one of the most popular dance companies in the United States.

Ailey II will be holding master classes during their stay in Ellensburg. For class times, please contact Therese Young, Director of the CWU Orchesis Dance Program at 509-963-1937.

During their stay in Ellensburg, Ailey II will be holding three master classes on Monday, March 5 at CWU's Nicholson Pavilion Dance Studio. Advance registration is recommended since limited space is available. Visit the Dance site HERE. Class times are 1:00 - 2:30pm, 3:30 - 5:00pm, and 5:30-7:00pm. Cost for each class is $25.00 per person. Please contact Therese Young, Dance Director for CWU at youngth@cwu.edu for further information about these masterclasses.