TTU arts roundup: TTU celebrates Black History Month with Ailey II dance performance

Posted by Lori Shull - Thursday, January 26 2012

Tennessee Tech’s Minority Affairs Office and Center Stage are bringing popular modern dance company Ailey II to the Cookeville Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31

Based in New York City, Ailey II, the second company of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, merges the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of some of today’s best emerging choreographers.

Created in 1974 and founded by Alvin Ailey, the company features performances by America’s best young dancers, choreographed by some of the freshest choreographers.

Ailey grew up in the rural South before moving to Los Angeles. He formed the company to preserve the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience through modern dance.

Tickets are free, thanks to Center Stage, with priority seating for TTU students until 7:15 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

TTU Arts Roundup:

 Appalachian Center for Craft

 Joan Derryberry Art Gallery

 TTU Music

The Appalachian Center for Craft is located six miles off Highway 56 (Interstate 40, Exit 273) near Smithville. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. The Joan Derryberry Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Roaden University Center and is open to the public from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Backdoor Playhouse is located in Jere Whitson Memorial Building. For more information, call 372-6595. Unless noted otherwise, all concerts are free and take place in the Bryan Fine Arts Building. The concert schedule is subject to change. For more information, call 372-3161.