Alvin Ailey

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Alvin Ailey (January 5, 1931 – December 1, 1989) was an African-American dancer, director, choreographer, and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the most successful dance companies in the world.wikipedia
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

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Alvin Ailey (January 5, 1931 – December 1, 1989) was an African-American dancer, director, choreographer, and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the most successful dance companies in the world.
It was founded in 1958 by choreographer and dancer Alvin Ailey.

Revelations (Alvin Ailey)

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Ailey's choreographic masterpiece Revelations is recognized as one of the most popular and most performed ballets in the world.
Revelations is the best-known work of the modern-dance choreographer Alvin Ailey.

Jefferson High School (Los Angeles)

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He arrived a year later, enrolling at George Washington Carver Junior High School, and then graduating into Thomas Jefferson High School.

Carmen de Lavallade

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This awakened an until then unknown spark of joy within him, though he did not become serious about dance until 1949 when his classmate and friend Carmen De Lavallade dragged him to the Melrose Avenue studio of Lester Horton. In 1954 De Lavallade and Ailey were recruited by Herbert Ross to join the Broadway show, House of Flowers. Ross had been hired to replace George Balanchine as the show's choreographer and he wanted to use the pair, who had become known as a famous dance team in Los Angeles, as featured dancers.
De Lavallade became a member of the Lester Horton Dance Theater in 1949 where she danced as a lead dancer until her departure for New York City with Alvin Ailey in 1954.

Katherine Dunham Company

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In 1946 he had his first experience with concert dance when he saw the Katherine Dunham Dance Company and Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo perform at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Auditorium.
Dunham alumni include Alvin Ailey, Rosalie King, Frances Davis, Eartha Kitt and Walter Nicks.

Maya Angelou

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Living in San Francisco he met Maya Angelou, then known as Marguerite Johnson, with whom he formed a nightclub act called "Al and Rita".
She took modern dance classes during this time, and met dancers and choreographers Alvin Ailey and Ruth Beckford.

Geoffrey Holder

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Ailey and De Lavallade met Geoffrey Holder, who performed alongside them in the chorus, during the production.
He left the ballet to make his Broadway debut in the Harold Arlen and Truman Capote musical House of Flowers. While working on House of Flowers, Holder met Alvin Ailey, with whom he later worked extensively, and Carmen de Lavallade, his future wife.

House of Flowers (musical)

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In 1954 De Lavallade and Ailey were recruited by Herbert Ross to join the Broadway show, House of Flowers. Ross had been hired to replace George Balanchine as the show's choreographer and he wanted to use the pair, who had become known as a famous dance team in Los Angeles, as featured dancers.
The cast included Pearl Bailey, Diahann Carroll, Juanita Hall, Ray Walston, Carmen de Lavallade, Alvin Ailey and Geoffrey Holder (who also provided a section of choreography).

Harkness Ballet

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Harkness Ballet, established in 1964, gave its debut performance in Cannes in 1965, with George Skibine as director, Marjorie Tallchief as ballerina and a repertory featuring work by Alvin Ailey, Skibine, Eric Bruhn, Brian Macdonald and Stuart Hodes, the company mostly toured abroad, in the major theaters of Europe, to great acclaim, giving its dancers and choreographers a cosmopolitan experience unknown to most of their American colleagues.

Antony and Cleopatra (opera)

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The team included revolutionary choreographer Alvin Ailey, conductor Thomas Schippers and a top rate cast headed by Leontyne Price as Cleopatra.

Joffrey Ballet

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In 1962 modern choreographer Alvin Ailey was invited to make a work for the company.

Lester Horton

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This awakened an until then unknown spark of joy within him, though he did not become serious about dance until 1949 when his classmate and friend Carmen De Lavallade dragged him to the Melrose Avenue studio of Lester Horton.

Call Me by My Rightful Name

It starred Robert Duvall as Doug, Joan Hackett as Chris, Alvin Ailey as Paul, Robert Hogan as Elliot, and Milo Boulton and Dortha Duckworth as Mr. and Mrs. Watkins.

Mary Hinkson

After House of Flowers closed, Ailey appeared in Harry Belafonte's touring revue Sing, Man, Sing with Mary Hinkson as his dance partner, and the 1957 Broadway musical Jamaica, which starred Lena Horne and Ricardo Montalbán.
Hinkson also worked with Alvin Ailey and Harry Belafonte.

Jamaica (musical)

Jamaica
After House of Flowers closed, Ailey appeared in Harry Belafonte's touring revue Sing, Man, Sing with Mary Hinkson as his dance partner, and the 1957 Broadway musical Jamaica, which starred Lena Horne and Ricardo Montalbán.
Alvin Ailey was the principal dancer.

Judith Jamison

From the company's genesis, the dancer Judith Jamison served as Ailey's muse.
However, a few days later, a friend of McKayle's, Alvin Ailey, called Jamison to offer her a place in his company – Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.

Troy Powell

The second company's resident choreographer and associate director Troy Powell took over her role as Artistic Director.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Powell met Alvin Ailey at the age of nine when Ailey came to his school to teach a masterclass.

Jerico-Jim Crow

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* (With William Hairston) Jerico-Jim Crow, The Sanctuary, New York City, 1964, then Greenwich Mews Theatre, 1968.
It was co-directed by Alvin Ailey and William Hairston and conducted by Hugh Porter, with Marion Joseph Franklin, Jr as associate musical director and musical accompanist, the musical was favorably reviewed in The New York Times by Richard F. Shepard, who said: "This rousing production is an unabashedly sentimental and tuneful history of the Negro struggle up from slavery."

Legacy Walk

The Legacy Walk
He received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1988, was inducted into the National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame in 1992, inducted into the Legacy Walk in 2012, and posthumously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2014.

New York City Center

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In August 1972 the company was briefly renamed Alvin Ailey City Center Dance Theater and became a resident company of New York City Center.
Today, New York City Center is the New York performance home to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Flamenco Festival, and the Martha Graham Dance Company, to name a few.

Pearl Lang

Pearl Lang Dance Theater
In 1969, Ailey founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center with the famed Martha Graham Dance Company principal and choreographer Pearl Lang as his co-director of the school.
In 1970, she invited Alvin Ailey and his company to share a three-story building with her dance company at 229 East 59th Street in Manhattan where, together, they co-directed the American Dance Center as a joint school.

Tracy Inman

Following Jefferson's death in 2010, Tracy Inman and Melanie Person assumed stewardship of the school as co-directors of the school.
During his time performing around the world with the AAADT, Inman danced in a wide repertoire of ballets created by choreographic masters including Alvin Ailey, Donald McKayle, Jerome Robbins, Pearl Primus, Louis Johnson, Donald Byrd, Ulysses Dove, and Jamison herself.

Rainbow Honor Walk

In August 2019, Ailey was one of the honorees inducted in the Rainbow Honor Walk, a walk of fame in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood noting LGBTQ people who have "made significant contributions in their fields."
In June 2016 the second round of honorees, twenty-four total, was announced including: Alvin Ailey, W. H. Auden, Josephine Baker, Gladys Bentley, Glenn Burke, Quentin Crisp, Divine, Marie Equi, Fereydoun Farrokhzad, Barbara Jordan, Kiyoshi Kuromiya, Audre Lorde, Leonard Matlovich, Freddie Mercury, Sally Ride, Sylvia Rivera, Vito Russo, José Sarria, Maurice Sendak, Rikki Streicher, Gerry Studds, Lou Sullivan, Chavela Vargas, and We'wha.

La Strada (musical)

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The show was directed by Alan Schneider, with choreography by Alvin Ailey and Joyce Trisler.