Ailey II Drops Director, Citing ‘Inappropriate’ Communications


Troy Powell was dropped as the artistic director of Ailey II, the junior troupe of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, after an outside investigation concluded that he had engaged in “inappropriate communications” with adult students in the company’s training program, a spokesman for the company said on Monday.

Mr. Powell was put on a leave of absence in June, when an investigator was retained to look into “troubling comments” made about the artistic director on social media, said the spokesman, Christopher Zunner, in a statement.

The investigator reported that Mr. Powell, 51, had communicated inappropriately with adults in the Ailey School, the educational arm of the troupe, who were interested in moving up to the junior company. The statement did not provide any details as to the nature of the communications.

“Because his conduct was inconsistent with the standards expected of Ailey’s staff, executive leadership concluded that Mr. Powell could not continue in his position with the organization,” the statement said.



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