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UPDATE: Students see performance by Ailey II

Posted at 1:13 PM, Feb 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-12 19:00:31-05

This morning some Acadiana students got to see a performance by a world-renowned dance troupe.

The students attended a performance of the Ailey II dancers today at the Heymann Center.

“It’s to give kids the cultural enrichment they are so lacking today. It’s what builds better citizens and it’s what builds better humans,” said Jackie Lyle, Creative Director, Upstage Inc.

The troupe will be in Lafayette today and tomorrow, with more events planned. To see the schedule, scroll down.


A welcoming reception this evening at the Acadiana Center for the Arts kicks off four days of events in Acadiana featuring the Ailey II dance troupe.

Founded in 1974, the company embodies Alvin Ailey’s pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people.

Events scheduled include a master class for intermediate and advanced dancers, set for 4 p.m. Monday at McLaurin Hall on the UL campus. Observers are welcome to attend, and it’s free. To register, click here.

Later on Monday, there will be a lecture demonstration at Immaculate Heart of Mary’s gym. This event also is open to all and is free. It starts at 6 p.m.

On Tuesday, there will be a daytime performance for students at the Heymann Center, and a lecture about preparing for auditions for dance students at UL.

At 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, there will be another master class for intermediate and advanced dancers at the Youngsville Sports Complex. Again, observers are welcome and it’s free. To register, click here.

And finally, on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. there will be a public performance at the Heymann Center. Call the box office for tickets.