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Alvin Ailey
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Age 58
Birthday 5 January, 1931
Birthplace Rogers, TX
Died 1 December, 1989
Place of Death New York, NY
Eye Color Brown - Dark
Hair Color Black
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Nationality American
Occupation Dancer
Claim to Fame Alvin Ailey (1931-1989) founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and won international fame as both a dancer and choreographer.
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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.

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1954 Carmen Jones Dance Soloist
1952 Lydia Bailey Specialty Dancer

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