On July 1, 2012, Troy Powell became only the second person to lead Ailey II since its inception in 1974. A native New Yorker, Mr. Powell began his dance training at the age of nine as a scholarship student at The Ailey School. Following his graduation from The High School of Performing Arts, he became a member of Ailey II and then joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1991. He toured throughout the United States, South America, Europe, and South Africa for ten years with the Company before becoming a master teacher at The Ailey School and resident choreographer of Ailey II. Mr. Powell has choreographed ballets for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, The Ailey School, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, National Dance Company of the Bahamas, and Alaska Dance Theater, as well as three episodes of “Sesame Street.”
His guest artist credits include performing with companies including Batsheva, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Complexions. Mr. Powell has been featured in an American Express commercial with the Ailey company and has also appeared on television in George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum, the PBS Great Performances: Dance in America special “A Hymn for Alvin Ailey,” choreographed by Judith Jamison, “America’s Next Top Model,” and most recently the Polish version of “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Samantha is currently in the original Broadway cast of Head Over Heels. Most recently, she was in the original Chicago cast of Hamilton: An American Musical. Before that, she appeared on Broadway in the original cast of Hot Feet. She toured nationally with Nickelodeon as Stephanie from Lazytown. She has appeared in commercials and industrial performances for Above The Influence, Nike, Mattel, Disney, and Nickelodeon. A Baltimore native, Samantha attended Baltimore School for the Arts, and then graduated from the University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music with a BFA in Musical Theatre. She has performed with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Favorite show credits include Tuck Everlasting, Carousel, Singin' in the Rain, Legally Blonde, and American Idiot.
Gabriel began his dance training at Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Wilmington, DE and later graduated from the Governor's School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA. He attended summer programs at The Ailey School, The School at Jacob's Pillow, and Nederlands Dans Theater and has performed works by Matthew Rushing, Sharon Eyal, Bob Fosse, Crystal Pite and Lightfoot León among others. He has also been a featured dancer in Jennah Bell's music video, "John Forbid" and CosmoBody's Yoga for Dancers. Mr. Hyman recently graduated with honors from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance as a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar and a Glorya Kaufman Dance Scholar. This is his second season with Ailey II.