Ailey II receives two standing ovations at WKU

Quiche Matchen

Van Meter Hall was a full house as the audience anticipated a performance from Ailey II.

The performance Monday night was part of the Cultural Enhancement Series.

Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers, according to the handout.

Potter College Dean David Lee introduced the group and said he was particularly delighted that one of the dancers is from Louisville.

“They were a part of this series about a decade ago,” Lee said. “They’re the first group we’ve ever invited back. They filled the house then and they filled the house again.

“I think we’re in for an incredible evening of dance.”

The last half of Ailey’s performance was the most anticipated from the audience. Ailey’s “Revelations” is their signature choreography of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York. The group danced to “Wade in the Water,” “I Wanna Be Ready” and “Fix Me Jesus.”

The audience went wild from the beginning to the end of their signature performance.

The group received a standing ovation and did “Rocka My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham” again for the crowd and received a second standing ovation.

Lee said he was impressed with the performance and that it was a tremendous success.

“It was creative, energetic and connected terribly well with the audience,” he said. “It’s a dynamic group and it was particularly nice that one of the ensemble members was from Louisville.”

Lee said there wasn’t anything that he didn’t like about the group.

Mt. Juliet, Tenn., freshman Chelsea Hough said she loved the performance, especially since she’s a dance major.

“It was something different this time I saw them,” she said.

Hough said three members from the group taught a class this morning and she got to be a part of it.

“It was great to get their feedback, and how they got to the level that they’re at now,” she said.

Ben Easley, of Louisville, said he came out to the event because a couple of the members were his former students.

“They were absolutely fabulous,” he said. “I travel a lot and usually Ailey is a good performance.”

Easley said it was a great experience and that WKU should keep bringing these events because people will travel to see them.