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Ailey II's Tyrone Walker and Taeler Cyrus in “Blues Suite.”
CEDAR CITY – CCMA’s first artistic offering of 2011 is the medium of dance – always a favorite with audiences.

Ailey II Dance Company performs Friday at 7:30 p.m. on the Heritage Theater Stage.

Ailey II is said to be a blend of the country’s best young dancers and choreographers lending their talent, passion and creative vision to the art of dance.

This group, known as one of the most popular companies in the U.S., was formed in 1974, when the legendary Alvin Ailey, at the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, initiated a workshop comprised of the most promising young dancers in attendance at the Alvin Ailey school.

It was from that workshop that the original members of Ailey II were hand-picked by Mr. Ailey himself. This new group embodied his pioneering mission, to “establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training and community programs for all people.”

The dancers performed in over 25 cities during their 2009-10 North American tour.

Under the artistic direction of Sylvia Waters, Ailey II gives its dancers opportunities to refine their technique through performance and teaching experience. Many of the past members are now professionals: teachers, dancers and choreographers with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, other professional dance companies, schools and on Broadway.

Ailey II continues to garner critical praise, honors and awards for its residency work with colleges and universities as well as for its visits to elementary and secondary schools across the United States.

“The entire company looks terrific. Clearly, the future is theirs,” the New York Times reported. Across the country the LA Times had only praise as well: “The dancers proved indefatigable, virtuosic and relentlessly sexy.”

The evening’s tapestry offers an array of bright costumes, music, and creative dance seen from the very unique perspective of the well-respected Ailey II Dance Company. CCMA invites you to join in the fun. Single tickets are available for $30 for adults and $15 for SUU and Iron County school students, with I.D.

The Heritage Theater is at 105 N. 100 East and the box office is open from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday and for one hour before the performance. Call the box office at 865-2882 for more information.

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