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When Judith Jamison joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1965, there were 10 dancers in the company. Today, six decades after Ailey and a small group of black dancers gave their inaugural performance at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, his legacy now includes more than 250 original ballets, 30 dancers, a robust educational and training program, and sold-out performances all across the globe.
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.
Judith Jamison discusses Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s engagement at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre during the 60th anniversary, including the world premiere of Rennie Harris’ Lazarus.
Judith Jamison sits down with Sister Circle hosts Rashan Ali and Syleena Johnson to discuss Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s upcoming engagement at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta during the company’s 60th anniversary.
In this interview on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes" artistic director emerita Judith Jamison speaks about the company's 60 year legacy of transforming the ways that we express and understand ourselves and our culture through dance.
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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.
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.”
Alvin Ailey's groundbreaking dance company is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a season at New York City Center. Take a step back through their sensational past productions.