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  1. United States choreographer noted for his use of African elements (born in 1931)
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonym of Alvin Ailey: Ailey
    • instance of: choreographer = someone who creates new dances

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Who is Alvin Ailey?

Alvin Ailey 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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Google previewThe Complete Encyclopedia of African American History (2015)

by Jessie Carney Smith, Lean'tin Bracks, Linda T Wynn

Since the early 1960s two of the leading dance companies in the United States, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Dance Theater of Harlem, have been headed by black males and composed largely of black dancers.

Google previewEncyclopedia of the African Diaspora (2008)

Origins, Experiences, and Culture. A-C. Volume 1

professional ballet company, joining the prodigious Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre as an elite (black) professional dance company. During this time, such large ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of African American Popular Culture [4 volumes] (2010)

by Jessie Carney Smith

Dancer, Choreographer, Educator Alvin Ailey Jr., a gifted African American, made an indelible mark in the world of dance and theater. Ailey was born January 5, 1931, in Rogers, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Lesbian and Gay Histories and Cultures (2003)

by George Haggerty, Bonnie Zimmerman

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater began as a repertory company of seven dancers devoted to both modern dance classics and new works created by Ailey and other young artists. Successful from the start, the company's first concert ...

Google previewThe Queer Encyclopedia of Music, Dance, & Musical Theater (2004)

by Claude J. Summers

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater did not secure a permanent home and stable management until 1979, when the company and school moved into splendid facilities in the Broadway theater district of Manhattan. But by this time, Ailey ...

Google previewThe Blues Encyclopedia (2004)

by Edward Komara, Peter Lee

Choreographers and dancers such as Fred Astaire, Paul Taylor, Alvin Ailey, Talley Beatty, Donald McKayle, and John Butler have been influenced by the blues. The squalor of London's notorious East End district, Limehouse, is aptly depicted ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Blues: A-J, index (2006)

by Edward M. Komara

Choreographers and dancers such as Fred Astaire, Paul Taylor, Alvin Ailey, Talley Beatty, Donald McKayle, and John Butler have been influenced by the blues. The squalor of London's notorious East End district, Limehouse, is aptly depicted ...

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Small photo of Oprah Winfrey arriving at Alvin Ailey Dance Theater gala at City Center, 12/4/96 More...

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Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people. (Alvin Ailey)
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