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NBC Nightly News -   The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Celebrates 60 Years Of Modern Dance And Creative Expression

NBC Nightly News - The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Celebrates 60 Years Of Modern Dance And Creative Expression

Dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey gathered a handful of modern black dancers in 1958 to perform with him at New York’s 92nd Street YM-YWHA. It was here that the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, as well as Ailey’s vision for a more inclusive world of the art form, was born. Since then, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has grown to include 32 dancers who have gone on to perform more than 235 works for an estimated 25 million people across six continents. This season, the dance company celebrates its 60th anniversary.

Black America - Ailey Celebrates 60 with Judith Jamison

Black America - Ailey Celebrates 60 with Judith Jamison

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrates 60 years of achievement of the pioneering legacy of Alvin Ailey that began as a one night engagement that evolved beyond limits to a new era in the arts, naming him "one of the groundbreaking greats in modern dance history." Judith Jamison, Artistic Director Emeritus joins us to discuss her life and work with Ailey... past, present and future.

Associated Press - Ailey Troupe Marks 60 Years By Looking Back At Its Founder

Associated Press - Ailey Troupe Marks 60 Years By Looking Back At Its Founder

NEW YORK (AP) — It was March 1958 when an African-American dancer named Alvin Ailey, then making his living on the Broadway stage, gathered up a group of fellow dancers and presented a one-night show of his own works. In the audience at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan was 18-year Sylvia Waters, who was studying dance across town at Juilliard. She had never seen anything like it. “It was absolutely riveting,” she says now. “I had never seen men dance like that.” Most exciting to Waters was seeing people dance “who I could relate to,” she says. “There was something so visceral about the experience. We didn’t know at the time that it was history, but it was definitely special.”

Newsweek - Alvin Ailey 60th Year Celebration: Judith Jamison, Robert Battle And More Honor The Legacy Of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Newsweek - Alvin Ailey 60th Year Celebration: Judith Jamison, Robert Battle And More Honor The Legacy Of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

When Alvin Ailey set out to start his own dance company in New York City in 1958, he likely had no idea his passion and call to dance would result in a nearly 85,000-square-foot performance center bearing his name and thousands of students entering its doors day after day, while company dancers traveled to perform his choreography on stages around the globe. He certainly couldn't have known his effort to create a safe and esteemed place for dancers from all walks of life would extend well past his 1989 death, some 30 years.

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