Alvin Ailey

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Alvin Ailey
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Age: 58 (age at death)
Height: Height unknown
Nationality: American
Claim to Fame: Alvin Ailey (1931-1989) founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and won international fame as both a dancer and choreographer.

Alvin Ailey (January 5, 1931 – December 1, 1989) was an African-American choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. He 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. Ailey's choreographic masterpiece Revelations is believed to be the best known and most often seen modern dance performance. In 1977, Ailey was awarded the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP. He received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1988, just one year before his death. In 2014, President Barack Obama selected Ailey to be a posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Wikipedia


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Alvin Ailey is a member of the following lists: Kennedy Center honorees, American choreographers, Danseurs, American dancers, 1931 births, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, 1989 deaths, Guggenheim Fellows, African-American dancers and Modern dancers.

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1954 Carmen Jones Dance Soloist
1952 Lydia Bailey Specialty Dancer



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