Black History Month: Celebrating Those Who Came Before Us
Alvin Ailey (1931 - 1989)
An acclaimed choreographer, dancer and director, Alvin Ailey had a profound impact on modern dance and received global recognition. In 1949 he joined the Lester Horton Dance Theater where he perfected his technique. In 1958 he created the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He choreographed his own ballets and works in which he explored African American heritage and culture. The hugely popular dance company was one of the first to have a multiracial troupe featuring dancers from all races and backgrounds. His masterwork, Revelations, a tribute to the Southern Black Church, brought the Company international praise and has been seen by more the 23 million people in 71 countries since its creation in 1960.
February 26, 2021
Source: O The Oprah Magazine, January 2021; Encyclopedia Britannica; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; The Kennedy Center