City Life Org – Ailey II and Ailey Extension by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – FREE on July 28th at Bryant Park Picnic Performances

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Picnic performances in Bryant Park

Ailey II and Ailey Extension

Thursday 28 July

6 p.m.: Ailey Extension NY Style Mambo Class

7:00 p.m.: Ailey II performance

First come first serve

All picnic demonstrations at Bryant Park are FREE

Picnic performances in Bryant Park presented by Bank of America continues July 28th with a Ailey extension Dance class and performance Aley II, the acclaimed second company of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Led by Artistic Director Francesca Harper, Ailey II, The Next Generation of Dance, comprised of 12 of the most promising early career dancers, is known for its dynamic performances, rigorous touring schedule and community programs. Performing a work evening exploring dance under a fresh and intimate lens from the powerful physicality of Andrea Miller Psukheto Yannick Lebrun’s poetic ode to French Guiana Sa Magnito Harper’s Elliptical Galaxy freedom seriesAiley II offers a deeper look into some of the current contemporary voices in the dance world, whose works embody bold, daring and fresh perspectives. Prior to the performance of Ailey II, Ailey Extension instructor Katherine Jimenez will conduct a NY style mambo Live music class that takes Latin dance back to its roots. This class is open to people of all ages and dance experiences.

This performance is part of Ailey Moves NYC!, Ailey’s 10-day series of outdoor activities for all ages across the five boroughs. This celebration includes performances by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ailey II, dance classes and workshops led by teachers and musicians from Ailey’s Arts In Education and Ailey Extension, meet current students from the acclaimed Ailey School and watch the immersive documentary on AILEY outdoors outdoors. Ailey is passionate about bringing dance to our New Yorkers of all ages.

Participants can bring their own food or purchase from the on-site food and drink vendors near the lawn. At most performances, visitors can purchase groceries from a rotating lineup of local NYC vendors curated by the Hester Street Fair. COVID-19 vaccinations and masks are not required at this time, but Bryant Park will continue to monitor and follow the updated New York City and New York State COVID-19 guidelines throughout the summer as needed.

The 2022 picnic season is possible thanks to the generous support of Bank of America. “Bank of America is a long-time supporter of the arts because we believe a thriving arts and cultural community benefits both society and the economy,” she said Jose Tavarez, President, Bank of America New York City. “As such, we are extremely excited to once again sponsor Picnic Performances, combining our commitment to the arts with our partnership with Bryant Park. Together, we’re helping New York City’s legendary cultural scene thrive, promoting green spaces and providing free access to live New York music, dance and theater.”

Performance Details

Thursday 28 July

Ailey moves NYC!

6:00pm: Ailey Extension – NY Style Mambo Class

7:00 p.m.: Ailey II performance

Ailey extension (2005) fulfills Mr. Ailey’s lifelong commitment to making dance accessible to all by offering “real classes for real people”. With nearly 40 weekly classes and special workshops each month, Ailey Extension invites students around the world to explore different dance styles seven days a week. Ailey Extension currently offers a variety of in-person, virtual, and hybrid class options in techniques such as Hip-Hop, Ballet, Horton, West Africa, Zumba®, Samba, Contemporary, Pilates, Broadway Jazz, and more. Visit for the current schedule.

Aley II (1974) is the second company of emerging young dancers widely known for fusing the spirit and energy of the country’s finest young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Under the vision of Artistic Director Francesca Harper, Ailey II will continue to expand the classroom-to-stage bridge that Alvin Ailey built to constantly push each new generation of artists forward. For more information, visit

Program details:

Psukhe (Choreography by Andrea Miller)

Sa Magni (Choreography by Yannick Lebrun)

Reflections in D (Choreography by Alvin Ailey)

freedom series (Choreography by Francesca Harper)

Subject to program changes. Ailey II is performing as part of the 2022 Bryant Park Picnic Performances season presented by Bank of America and as part of Ailey Moves NYC! A free summer dance celebration for all (July 23rd to August 1st).

Complete picnic performances in Bryant Park

line listings


June 24: Emerging Music Festival Curated by AdHoc: Benét, Dougie Poole and Daneshevskaya

June 25: Emerging Music Festival Curated by AdHoc: 95 Bulls, Talia Goddess and Reyna Tropical


July 1: Carnegie Hall Citywide: Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble

July 8: Carnegie Hall Citywide: The Baylor Project

July 15: Carnegie Hall Citywide: Squirrel Zippers

July 22: Carnegie Hall Citywide: The Broadway Sinfonietta

July 23: Jazzmobile: Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band

July 28: Ailey II Performance and Ailey Extension Dance Class

July 29: Carnegie Hall Citywide: The Hot Sardines with Nellie McKay


August 5: Actor TBA

August 12: New York Opera: La traviata

August 19: Asian American Arts Alliance: Rafiq Bhatia and Ian Chang

August 26: Habibi Festival: Esraa Warda & The Châab Lab, Firas Zreik, Yacine Boularès and AJOYO

August 29: The City Hall: Eighth Blackbird celebrates John Cage


September 2: New York Opera: Lucia of Lammermoor

September 8: Steinway artists Aaron Diehl and Orrin Evans

September 9: Harlem Classic Theater

September 16: Accordion Festival: Heart of Afghanistan and Beyond

September 17: American Symphony Orchestra

About Bryant Park Corporation

Bryant Park Corporation (BPC), a private, not-for-profit corporation, was formed in 1980 to renovate, fund, and operate Bryant Park in New York City. BPC is funded by income from events, concessions and corporate sponsors, as well as an evaluation of neighboring properties, and accepts no government or philanthropic funds. In addition to providing safety, sanitation and horticulture services, BPC offers restaurants, food kiosks, first class restrooms and a wide range of free events throughout the year. Visited by more than 12 million people each year, Midtown Manhattan Park is one of the busiest public spaces in the world. BPC’s website,, provides more detailed information and a schedule of upcoming events.

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Location and subway access:

Bryant Park is located behind the New York Public Library in Midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Take the B, D, F, or M train to 42nd Street/Bryant Park; or take the 7 train to 5th Avenue.

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