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Alvin Ailey

(b Rogers, Tex., 5 Jan. 1931; d New York, 1 Dec. 1989) US dancer, choreographer, and director. He studied in Los Angeles with Horton and later with Graham, Holm, and Weidman in ...

Pinkney, Brian

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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Literature, Children's literature studies
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...Day , and Ebony Man , and much of his work focuses on African-American history, culture, folklore, and art. For instance, Alvin Ailey (1993) , the first collaboration between Pinkney and his wife, Andrea Davis Pinkney, tells the story of a famous black dancer whose “dances told stories.” This picture book explores how Ailey incorporated his early experiences of the black church into the choreography and music of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Bill Pickett, Rodeo Ridin' Cowboy ( 1996 ), another of their collaborations, tells of an African-...