Boykin joined the company in 2000 and has since toured the world, but the Durham native said there is something special about performing in the Triangle Area — a place she considers her home.
“There’s a different kind of love and respect that I find performing here,” Boykin said.
Chapel Hill will be the fifth stop on the company’s 18 city national tour that began in early February.
Mark Nelson, a spokesman for Carolina Performing Arts, said he is especially looking forward to Alvin Ailey’s performance.
“They’re an American global institute that’s the best at what they do,” Nelson said. “Having access to these artists that are only traveling to major cities is an opportunity of a lifetime.”
The company has performed at Memorial Hall annually for eight years and has developed a close relationship with CPA.
“We get to interact with them at rehearsals,” Nelson said. “They’re a phenomenal group of people that are incredibly talented.”
Freshman Tiana Petree, who studied Alvin Ailey and his legacy last semester as a part of a seminar of American studies, AMST 390, said she is also looking forward to the company’s performances.