class=""MsoNormal"">SALISBURY, MD---The history and flair of one of the nation’s most celebrated choreographers comes to Salisbury University’s Holloway Hall Auditorium 8 p.m. Thursday, October 13, as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre presents the Ailey II Dance Company.
class=""MsoNormal"">Created by Ailey in 1974 to help talented students make the transition from the studio to the stage, Ailey II now has over 30 years of history. Artistic Director Sylvia Waters has been with the company since its inception and was personally selected by Ailey.
class=""MsoNormal"">The company’s dancing demonstrates grace and flexibility as they perform classic and original works. Their repertory includes a diverse array of ballets ranging from Ailey’s masterpiece, Revelations—a tribute to African-American heritage in the United States—to the inventive choreography in Scott Rink’s world premiere Bitter Suite.
class=""MsoNormal"">The company has been lauded for its performances and community outreach efforts. Visiting 40 cities a year, each performance reflects the company’s mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training and community programs for all people. Dances illustrate aspects of the Africa-American heritage and other cultures to untie people of different races, ages and background.
class=""MsoNormal"">The company “can be counted on to deliver high-energy dancing made even more electric by the push of youthful ambition,” says The New York Times.
class=""MsoNormal"">Admission is free and the public is invited. Tickets are required and may be picked up in advance at the Information Desk of the Guerrieri University Center with a limit of two per person. Tickets are available to the SU community Friday, September 30. Tickets are available to the general public Wednesday, October 5.
class=""MsoNormal"">The performance is sponsored by the Office of Cultural Affairs, the Charles R. and Martha N. Fulton School of Liberal Arts, the Samuel W. and Marilyn C. Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies, the SU Appropriations Board, the Office of Multiethnic Student Services, the SU Dance Company and the Salisbury-Wicomico Arts Council. For more information call 410-543-6271 or visit the SU Web site at www.salisbury.edu. "