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

Photo: Erin Bayano

Picnic shows at Bryant Park

Ailey II and Ailey Expansion

Thursday July 28

6:00 p.m.: Ailey Extension NY Style Mambo Class

7 p.m.: Ailey II show

Entry first come, first served

All Bryant Park Picnic Performances are FREE

Picnic shows at Bryant Park presented by Bank of America continues on July 28 with a Ailey Expansion dance class and show Ailey II, the famous second company of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Led by Artistic Director Francesca Harper, Ailey II, Dance’s Next Generation, comprised of 12 of the most promising early-career dancers, is renowned for its dynamic performances, rigorous touring schedule and community programs. An evening of works that examines dance from a fresh and intimate angle from the vigorous physique of Andrea Miller Psūkheon Yannick Lebrun’s poetic ode to French Guiana Saa Magniat Harper’s Elliptical Galaxy Freedom Series, Ailey II offers a deeper look at some of today’s contemporary dance world voices whose works embody bold, daring and new perspectives. Before the performance of Ailey II, the Ailey Extension instructor Katherine Jimenez will lead a New York style mambo class with live music that takes Latin dancing back to its roots. This class is open to people of all ages and levels of dance experience.

This show is part of Ailey is moving to New York!, Ailey’s 10-day outdoor activity series for all ages across all five boroughs. This celebration includes performances by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ailey II, dancing in classes and workshops led by the teachers and musicians of Ailey’s Arts In Education and Ailey Extension, meeting current students from the famous Ailey School and watch the moving documentary. AILEY outdoors. Ailey is thrilled to bring dance to our fellow New Yorkers of all ages.

Attendees can bring their own food or purchase from on-site food and drink vendors near the lawn. At most performances, attendees can purchase food from a rotating list of local New York vendors organized by Hester Street Fair. Vaccinations and COVID-19 masks are not currently required, but Bryant Park will continue to monitor and follow updated New York City and New York State COVID-19 guidelines throughout the year. was so necessary.

The 2022 picnic season is made possible through the generous support of Bank of America. “Bank of America is a longtime supporter of the arts because we believe that a thriving arts and cultural community benefits both society and the economy,” said Jose Tavarez, President, Bank of America New York. “We are therefore delighted to once again sponsor Picnic Performances and to combine our commitment to the arts with our partnership with Bryant Park. Together, we help New York’s iconic cultural scene thrive, while promoting green spaces and providing free access to live New York music, dance and theater.

Performance Details

Thursday July 28

Ailey is moving to New York!

6:00 p.m.: Ailey Extension – NY Style Mambo class

7 p.m.: Ailey II show

Ailey Expansion (2005) fulfills Mr. Ailey’s lifelong commitment to bringing dance to everyone by providing “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 African, Zumba®, Samba, Contemporary, Pilates, Broadway Jazz, etc. Visit for the latest schedule.

Ailey II (1974) is the second company of young emerging dancers, universally recognized for fusing the spirit and energy of the nation’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 bridge between the classroom and the stage that Alvin Ailey created to constantly propel each new generation of artists forward. For more information, visit

Program details:

Psūkhe (Choreography by Andrea Miller)

Saa Magni (Choreography by Yannick Lebrun)

D-shaped reflections (Choreography by Alvin Ailey)

Freedom Series (Choreography by Francesca Harper)

Programming is subject to change. Ailey II performs as part of the 2022 Bryant Park Picnic Performances season presented by Bank of America and as part of the Ailey Moves NYC! A free summer celebration of dance for all (July 23 – August 1).

Complete the Bryant Park Picnic Performance

Line lists


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

June 25: Emerging Music Festival Organized 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 Nut 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: Performers to be determined

August 12: New York Opera: The 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 Town 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 more

September 17: American Symphony Orchestra

About Bryant Park Corporation

Bryant Park Corporation (CPC), a private, nonprofit corporation, was founded in 1980 to renovate, fund, and operate Bryant Park in New York City. BPC is funded by revenue from events, concessions and sponsorships, as well as an appraisal of neighboring properties, and does not accept government or philanthropic funds. In addition to providing security, sanitation and horticulture services, BPC offers restaurants, food kiosks, world-class restrooms and a wide range of free events throughout the year. Midtown Manhattan Park is visited by more than 12 million people each year and is one of the busiest public spaces in the world. the BPC website, bryantpark.orgoffers more detailed information and a calendar of upcoming events.

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Subway location and directions:

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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