II Dancers Coming February 2, 2012
Busy planning for the Thursday,
February 2, 2012 performance of the internationally-acclaimed
Ailey II dancers in Clarksdale’s Civic Auditorium
are members of the Coahoma Community College Lyceum
Committee and Robert Canon, president of the Mississippi
Festival Association. Organizers meeting Thursday
to finetune plans include (from left) Dr. Greg Hudson,
vice president of student affairs; Carol Brooks,
athletic secretary; Canon; Rita Hanfor, assistant
director of alumni affairs; Robbie Wallace, CCC
business office; Yolanda Morton, academic counselor;
Yvonne Stanford, director of libraries and Lyceum
chair; and Henry Dorsey, retired fine arts chairman.
The free 7 p.m. performance is sponsored by the
Mississippi Festival Association, CCC, the National
Endowment for the Arts, and other entities.
Community College Lyceum Committee and Robert
president of the Mississippi Festival
Association planners for Ailey II performance
--end press release
courtesy of Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Student by Eduardo Patino,
In 1969, Alvin Ailey founded
the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in Brooklyn,
New York with an initial enrollment of 125 students.
Guided by the belief that dance instruction should
be made available to everyone, Mr. Ailey joined
forces with Pearl Lang in 1970 to establish the
American Dance Center in Manhattan.
In 1982, The Ailey School and its programs received accreditation from the National Association
of Schools of Dance and continue to flourish under the co-direction of Tracy Inman and Melanie Person. A prestigious
faculty of dance professionals trains over 5,000 students annually in our full-time Professional Division and Junior
Division Programs for aspiring dance students, and Ailey Extension classes for the general public.
Under the direction of Sylvia Waters, the School's junior company in residence, Ailey II,
serves as a bridge between the School and the professional dance world.
In December 2004, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater,
Ailey II, and The Ailey School moved to their permanent
home, the Joan Weill Center for Dance, located in
the heart of Manhattan's Theater District. The 77,000sq
ft structure houses 12 climate-controlled studios,
equipped with sprung floors, pianos, sound systems,
and state of the art acoustics. It also is home
to the 255-seat Ailey Citigroup Theater, physical
therapy facilities, the Ailey Boutique, the library,
student and faculty lounges, and administrative
offices for the entire Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation.