In March of 1958, Alvin Ailey and his company jeté'd onto the stage with a legendary performance at the 92nd Street Y -- and the world of dance was never the same. Now approaching its 60th anniversary, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater continues to expand on the legacy of its late founder, one of many gay luminaries to succumb to AIDS (he passed away in 1989).
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It's a half hour to showtime at NEw York City Center, and members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater are limbering up in the wings. Often missing at the barre, however, is Jermaine Terry, who is likely to be found crouched over a length of fabric, needle and thread in hand.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater held a gala performance at the Apollo Theater at West 125th Street, followed by a dinner-dance in a tent.