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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 ...

Ailey, Alvin

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..., Alvin ( 1931–89 ) US modern dancer and choreographer . Ailey studied dance with Martha Graham . In 1958 he formed the American Dance Theater and acted as its artistic director ( 1958–89 ). The company introduced many leading African-American and Asian dancers to worldwide audiences. His works, such as Roots of the Blues ( 1961 ), incorporate elements of jazz, African and modern dance...

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