USC to present New York Alvin Ailey II dance troupe
by Special to the Chronicle
The University of South Carolina dance program will present the world-renowned New York Alvin Ailey II dance troupe on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Koger Center. The program is set to begin at 7 p.m.
Committee chair Jan Jernigan said USC Dance will host the performance as part of the university’s 50-year desegregation commemoration. Morgan Stanley is the lead sponsor. “The commemoration of this occasion is very significant to our community,” Jernigan said.
Alvin Ailey II was founded in 1974, and is the youthful second company of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The Alvin Ailey II company’s mission is to extend and establish a cultural community that provides training, dance performances and community programs for everyone interested in the art.
Susan Anderson, USC Dance director said, “Ailey II is the best performing company to bring to Columbia as a gift to the community for the desegregation commemoration.”
USC Dance also has a personal connection to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre through Thaddeus Davis, assistant professor of contemporary dance. Davis once taught for the Alvin Ailey company.
“We are thrilled that we are the catalyst for bringing this amazing company to our students and community. They are the embodiment of the ‘power of dance’ in the 21st century as we celebrate this landmark anniversary,” Davis said.
Prior to the program, Columbia Mayor Steven Benjamin will present the key to the city Alvin Ailey II Artistic Director Troy Powell.
Following the performance, a reception featuring the Reggie Sullivan Band and honoring the Alvin Ailey II dancers, will be held for audience members who purchased performance and reception tickets.
“This is a momentous occasion where modern dance at its finest will be seen here in Columbia. It is a chance to share our love of dance with our community by bringing this world-class dance company to our fair state. The history of dance is rich in the South, but a predominately African-American dance company is a rarity,” Anderson said.
A master class will be offered before the program for the USC Dance students.
Tickets to the Alvin Ailey II performance are $40, orchestra; $35, first balcony; and $20, second balcony. All college student tickets are $18.
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