Marcus Jarrell Willis


Marcus Jarrell Willis (Houston, TX) began his formal training at the Johnston Performing Arts Middle School, the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and Discovery Dance Group in Houston, Texas. At age 16, he moved to New York City and studied at The Ailey School as a scholarship student. Mr. Willis is a recipient of a Level 1 ARTS award given by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and has received scholarships to many schools, including The Juilliard School. He was a member of Ailey II and also worked with Pascal Rioult Dance Theater, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, and Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza. Mr. Willis joined the Company in 2008.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has been captivating audiences for more than fifty years, amassing a repertoire of more than two hundred works from more than eighty choreographers since its founding by Alvin Ailey in 1958 at the 92nd St. Y.
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Ailey company members Glenn Allen Sims and Marcus Jarrell Willis share their experiences preparing for 'Uprising,' an intensely powerful and challenging work created by the acclaimed Israeli-born choreographer Hofesh Shechter, in advance of Ailey's 2014 New York City Center season.