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Headshot of Tara Bellardini

September 29, 2017

Interview Lead

New Jersey dancers Tara Bellardini (Mine Hill, NJ) and Kyle H. Martin (Montclair, NJ) will perform with Ailey II at the Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College on Friday, October 13 at 8:00 p.m., Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ.

Bellardini trained with East Coast Movement under the direction of Billy Larson. She graduated from Morris County School of Visual & Performing Arts and is a graduate of The Ailey School Certificate Program. She has trained in summer intensives at Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and performed in the 2013 Cedar Lake Installation Chess. Bellardini performed in Alvin Ailey’s Memoria during Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 2014 and 2015 New York City Center seasons. She has worked with choreographers Adam Barruch, Norbert De La Cruz III, Ray Mercer, Jennifer Archibald, Amy Hall Garner, and Alexandra Damiani and performed works by Andonis Foniadakis. This is her first season with Ailey II.

Martin began his dance training at Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts in New Jersey. He continued his training at The Ailey School where he trained in the Junior Division and is currently a student in the Professional Division’s Certificate Program. Martin performed in Alvin Ailey’s Memoria during Ailey’s 2015 and 2016 New York City Center seasons. He has worked with choreographers Hope Boykin, Christopher L. Huggins, Carlos dos Santos, Amy Hall Garner, Ray Mercer, Freddie Moore, Frederick Earl Mosley, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Pascal Rioult, Pedro Ruiz, Matthew Rushing, Christian von Howard, Bradley Shelver, Winston Dynamite Brown, and Robert Battle. This is his first season with Ailey II.