Alvin Ailey

Alvin Ailey, Founder

Alvin Ailey, Founder

Alvin Ailey was born on January 5, 1931 in Rogers, Texas. His experiences of life in the rural South would later inspire some of his most memorable works. At age 12, he moved with his mother to Los Angeles, where he was introduced to dance by...

Alvin Ailey

Alvin Ailey

Born in Rogers, Texas on January 5, 1931, Alvin Ailey was introduced to dance by performances of the Katherine Dunham Dance Company and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.  His formal dance training began with an introduction to Lester Horton's...

History of Alvin Ailey

History of Alvin Ailey

Alvin Ailey was born on January 5, 1931 in Rogers, Texas, where he spent his formative years attending Sunday School and participating in the Baptist Young People’s Union. These pivotal experiences of life in the rural south would later inspire some of Ailey’s most memorable works, including his first ballet, Blues Suite, and the acclaimed masterpiece Revelations.