See American Dance Theater’s Ailey II and Ailey Extension by Alvin Ailey at Bryant Park Picnic Performances

See American Dance Theater's Ailey II and Ailey Extension by Alvin Ailey at Bryant Park Picnic Performances

The Bryant Park Picnic Performances continue on July 28 with an Ailey Extension dance class and a performance by Ailey II, the acclaimed second company from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. 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. Ailey II offers an evening of works that examine dance through a fresh and intimate lens, from the powerful physicality of Andrea Miller’s Psūkhe to Yannick Lebrun’s poetic ode to French Guiana Saa Magni to Harper’s elliptical galaxy-based Freedom Series. Ailey 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 lead a NY-style mambo class with live music 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 AILEY out in the open air. 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 has long supported the arts because we believe that a thriving arts and cultural community benefits both society and the economy,” said Jose Tavarez, President of Bank of America New York City. “As such, we are thrilled 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, fostering green spaces and providing free access to live New York City music, dance and theater.”

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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.

Ailey II (1974) is the second company of up-and-coming young dancers, well 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 up-and-coming 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)
Saa Magni (Choreography by Yannick Lebrun)
Reflections in D (Choreography by Alvin Ailey)
Freedom Series (choreographed 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 City 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: City Hall: Eighth Blackbird celebrates John Cage

September 2: New York City Opera: Lucia di 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

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