When Alvin Ailey and a small group of African-American modern dancers first took the stage at the 92nd Street Y in 1958, it was groundbreaking and revolutionary. Revelations captured the agony and triumphs of the African American experiences. Now six decades later, his multi-cultural dance company is still charting a new course in its 60th season at City Center.
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).
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.
I discovered costume design in college. I had choreographed my senior piece and my roommate suggested I buy slips and add to them for costumes. So that's what I did. I started to do it professionally later by accident.
Dec. 1: The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrated 50 years of its signature work, "Revelations," and Joan H. Weill's 10th anniversary as board chairwoman.