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Dancer Clifton Brown in a promotional poster for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

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Alvin Ailey January 5, 1931, December 1, 1989 American choreographer & activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City, NY. Ailey is credited with popularizing modern dance and revolutionizing African-American participation in 20th century concert dance. His company gained the nickname "Cultural Ambassador to the World" because of its extensive international touring.

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Alvin Ailey Dance-Wade in the Water from "Revelations"

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Alvin Ailey's Revelations (excerpts). Most likely Mr. Ailey's most well-known pieces. It is performed by the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater in 3 parts for an evening length work first performed in 1960. The piece uses African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues.

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Andre Leon Talley Photos Photos: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's 50th Anniversary Opening Night

Andre Leon Talley 2008

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