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

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

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, performing their signature and most famous suite, Revelations.

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, performing their signature and most famous suite, Revelations.

Alvin Ailey does Revelations

Alvin Ailey does Revelations

Alvin Ailey (1931-1989) was an African-American choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in NYC. He helped popularize  modern dance & revolutionized African-American participation in 20th century concert dance. Because his American Dance Theater toured internationally, it gained the nickname "Cultural Ambassador to the World." / Photos: David Moore, Jack Mitchell, Carl Van Vechten

Alvin Ailey (1931-1989) was an African-American choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in NYC. He helped popularize modern dance & revolutionized African-American participation in 20th century concert dance. Because his American Dance Theater toured internationally, it gained the nickname "Cultural Ambassador to the World." / Photos: David Moore, Jack Mitchell, Carl Van Vechten

Alvin Ailey                                                                                                                                                                                 Más

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Linda Celeste Sims in Alvin Ailey's 'Cry.' Photo by Paul Kolnik

Linda Celeste Sims in Alvin Ailey's 'Cry.' Photo by Paul Kolnik

"I am trying to show the world that we are all human beings and that color is not important. What is important is the quality of our work."   --- Alvin Ailey  Alvin Ailey was an American choreographer and activist who popularized modern dance and revolutionized African-American participation in 20th century concert dance.

"I am trying to show the world that we are all human beings and that color is not important. What is important is the quality of our work." --- Alvin Ailey Alvin Ailey was an American choreographer and activist who popularized modern dance and revolutionized African-American participation in 20th century concert dance.

Dancers of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, founded by African American choreographer and activist, Alvin Ailey.

Dancers of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, founded by African American choreographer and activist, Alvin Ailey.

Alvin Ailey and Judith Jamison the hearts and souls of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey and Judith Jamison the hearts and souls of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey, iconic dancer, choreographer and founder of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, March 1955. Photograph by Carl Van Vechten.

Alvin Ailey, iconic dancer, choreographer and founder of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, March 1955. Photograph by Carl Van Vechten.

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