Ailey II Celebrates Modern Dance With Special Events

Monday, April 7, 2008

The critically acclaimed Ailey II modern dance company from New York will be taking part in a series of special events during their visit to Chattanooga this week to perform at the Tivoli Theatre.

Events are presented by Ballet Tennessee in partnership with the Chattanooga African American Museum, City of Chattanooga Parks and Recreation Department, Department of Education, Arts and Culture, and the Center for Creative Arts.

Wednesday
Ailey II Dance Class for Youth
Brainerd Recreation Center, 1010 N. Moore Road
6:30-8 p.m.

Professionals from the Ailey II Dance Company will lead a free modern dance class for youth ages 8 to 12 years old. No previous dance experience is required, but children with dance experience are encouraged to attend. For information call 423 425-3600 or 643-6079.

Ailey II Master Dance Class
John A. Patten Recreation Center
3202 Kelly’s Ferry Road
6:30-8 p.m.

Ailey II Associate Artistic Director Troy Powell will lead a master class for intermediate and advanced dancers during the dance company’s visit to Chattanooga to perform at the Tivoli Theatre. The cost is $15 and reservations should be made in advance by calling 423 821-2055. If spaces are still available the night of the class, payment in cash will be accepted at the door.

Thursday
Ailey II Dance Class at Center for Creative Arts
9 a.m.
Open to select CCA students and faculty

Ailey II Luncheon
Bessie Smith Hall
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
Luncheon with special presentation by Mayor Ron Littlefield and performance by Ballet Tennessee Youth Ensemble. Reserved seats $35. Corporate packages also available. For information call Ballet Tennessee at 423 821-2055.

Ailey II Modern Dance Performance
Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St.
7:30 p.m.
The critically acclaimed Ailey II Dance Company from New York will present Revelations and two new world premiere ballets.

The Ailey name has been synonymous with American modern dance since 1958, when Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American dancers presented a now fabled performance in New York City. Today, Ailey II carries on the tradition by amazing audiences with their unique artistry, strength and passion.

Reserved seats range from $10 to $30. For tickets, visit www.ChattanoogaOnStage.com or call 423 642-8497.


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