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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Vol. 1 No. 1 - Opening Night!

(1/6) Today begins @alvinailey’s Lincoln Center season! I’ve been looking forward to diving into the history of another company and learning while watching them on stage every night!


Ailey grew up in Texas and his choreographic work was deeply rooted in his experiences growing up as a Black boy in the south. He was inspired by Katherine Dunham Dance Company when he was young but didn’t begin to train as a dancer until the age of 18 under Lester Horton. A devoted disciple, Ailey took over as artistic director and choreographer when Horton suddenly passed away when Ailey was 22.


At 27,  he founded Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater “dedicated to enriching the American modern dance heritage and preserving the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience.”


Stay tuned through the rest of this week as I take a more in-depth look at Ailey’s masterwork “Revelations” which will close out every performance this week! Hope to see you there.




30th Anniversary Button, 1988. Photo by Normand Maxon. National Museum of African American History and Culture




Portrait of Alvin Ailey, 1962. Photography by Jack Mitchell © Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc. and Smithsonian Institution, All rights reserved.



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