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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, founded in 1958 by Alvin Ailey, is an internationally renowned modern dance company emphasizing Western and Afrocentric concert dance. Ailey was ...

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

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Encyclopedia of African American History 1896 to the Present

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... Ailey American Dance Theater . The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, founded in 1958 by Alvin Ailey , is an internationally renowned modern dance company emphasizing Western and Afrocentric concert dance. Ailey was born in Rogers, Texas, in 1931 . While attending the University of California at Los Angeles ( UCLA ), he received formal training in the Lester Horton technique, which was inspired by Horton's knowledge of the cultures of Native Americans, Asians, and the African diaspora. The Horton company stressed theatrical components, including...

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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... Ailey American Dance Theater . [ This entry comprises two articles focusing on the history of the modern dance company founded by Alvin Ailey . Origins To 1979 History Since 1979 For related discussion, see United States of America , article on African-American Concert Dance .] Origins To 1979 Founded in December 1958 , under Alvin Ailey, director, choreographer, and principal dancer, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was established as a black folkloric company; it soon developed into a modern dance company and a repository for works in a wide...

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater  

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, founded in 1958 by Alvin Ailey, is an internationally renowned modern dance company emphasizing Western and Afrocentric concert dance. Ailey was born in Rogers ...
Alvin Ailey

Alvin Ailey  

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(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 New York, making his ...
Revelations

Revelations  

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Modern dance work in one act with choreography by Ailey, a score based on traditional black religious music (spirituals, Holy blues, etc.) arr. Howard Roberts, and design by Ves Harper. Premiered 31 ...
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choreographer  

One who makes dances. The person responsible for creating and arranging the steps and patterns of a dance work.
Rui Horta

Rui Horta  

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(b Lisbon, 20 Apr. 1957)Portuguese-German dancer and choreographer. He studied with the Gulbenkian Ballet and in the US with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and on his return to Portugal directed ...
Judith Jamison

Judith Jamison  

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(b Philadelphia, 10 May 1943)US dancer, choreographer, and director. She studied at the Judimar School of Dance, at the Philadelphia Dance Academy, where she was discovered by Agnes de Mille, and ...
Choo-San Goh

Choo-San Goh  

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(b Singapore, 1948; d New York, 28 Nov. 1987)Chinese dancer, teacher, choreographer and ballet director. He studied in Singapore at the Singapore Ballet Academy and obtained a degree in biochemistry ...
Ali Pourfarrokh

Ali Pourfarrokh  

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(b Kermanshah, 27 Nov. 1938)Iranian dancer, ballet master, and ballet director. He studied at the Tehran Dance Academy and at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School in New York, the School of American ...
Nacho Duato

Nacho Duato  

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(b Valencia, 8 Jan. 1957)Spanish dancer, choreographer, and director. He trained at the Rambert School, Béjart's Mudra School, and at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center making his debut with ...
John Butler

John Butler  

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(b Greenwood, Miss., 29 Sept. 1918; d New York, 11 Sept. 1993)US dancer, choreographer, and director. He studied at the Graham School and at the School of American Ballet before dancing with the ...
Katherine Dunham

Katherine Dunham  

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(b Chicago, 22 Jun. 1912; d New York, 21 May 2006)US dancer, teacher, choreographer, and director who helped establish African-American dance as an international theatre form. She studied ...
Lynn Seymour

Lynn Seymour  

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(orig. Springbett; b Wainwright, Alta., 8 Mar. 1939)Canadian dancer and choreographer. She studied in Vancouver and then at Sadler's Wells School. In 1956 she joined Covent Garden Opera Ballet, then ...
Vicente Nebrada

Vicente Nebrada  

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(b Caracas, 31 Mar. 1932; d Caracas, 25 May 2002)Venezuelan dancer, choreographer, and ballet director. He studied in Venezuela and the US and began his stage career in 1946, performing with several ...
Glen Tetley

Glen Tetley  

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(b Cleveland, 3 Feb. 1926; d Palm Beach, 26 Jan. 2007)US dancer, choreographer, and director. He began his dance training while a medical student at New York University (1946–8) studying part time ...
Talley Beatty

Talley Beatty  

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(b Cedargrove, La., c.1923; d New York, 29 Apr. 1995)US dancer, choreographer, and company director. He trained with Katherine Dunham and made his professional debut in her company in 1940, ...
Donald Byrd

Donald Byrd  

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(b New London, NC, 21 Jul. 1949)US dancer, choreographer and teacher. He was educated at Yale University (1967–8), Tufts University (1968–73), Cambridge School of Ballet (1969–73), London School of ...
Karole Armitage

Karole Armitage  

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(b Madison, Wis., 3 Mar. 1954)US dancer and choreographer. She studied at the N. Carolina School of the Arts, the University of Utah, the School of American Ballet, and Harkness Ballet School. She ...
Pearl Primus

Pearl Primus  

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(b Port of Spain, Trinidad, 29 Nov. 1919; d New Rochelle, NY, 29 Oct. 1994)US dancer, choreographer, teacher, and anthropologist. She studied medicine and biology at Hunter College in New York and ...

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