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).
Vernard J. Gilmore
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Bernard J. Gilmore is proof that it's never too late to follow your passion. Gilmore didn't start dancing until the age of 17-and now he's one of Ailey's best-known company members.
He hails from the Windy City and has graced some of the world's finest stages performing with one of the most iconic and graceful dance companies of our time. Vernard Gilmore always dreamt of being right where he is, a member of the acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.