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Alvin Ailey (January 5, 1931 - December 1, 1989)

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Judith Jamison. If you ever saw her dance - you will remember her hands. Powerful.

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Alvin Ailey was an African-American choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in NYC. 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. Ailey's choreographic masterpiece Revelations is believed to be the best known and most often seen modern dance performance.

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Judith Jamison and Mikhail Baryshnikov dance together during a 1976 press conference to announce the premiere of “Pas de Duke,” a duet choreographed for them by Alvin Ailey set to the music of Duke Ellington.

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

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Alvin Ailey Company Evokes Handel, Stravinsky and Masekela at City Center

Dance Review - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - Alvin Ailey Company Evokes Handel, Stravinsky and Masekela at City Center - NYTimes.com

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Triple Threat: Judith Jamison, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Alvin Ailey.

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We can go on talking about racism and who treated whom badly, but what are you going to do about it? Are you going to wallow in that or are you going to create your own agenda? ~ Judith Jamison | Living Ma'at

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