In this web exclusive, dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater perform excerpts from Alvin Ailey's signature works "Revelations" and "Cry" at Logo Trailblazer Honors 2017. Jussie Smollett introduces Alvin Ailey and Robert Battle accepts the Trailblazer Award.
A crowd filled the little steps of City Hall Wednesday morning for the historic marker dedication for legendary hometown dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey. Rogers Mayor Tammy Cockrum, who emceed the event, said she was not only impressed by the town's response with more than 50 residents and almost 150 students in attendance, but also from people who traveled to Rogers from across Central Texas and even as far as Houston.
Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient - Robert Battle on Behalf of Alvin Ailey
Ailey was a choreographer, dancer, and the founder of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which is renowned for its inspiring performances in 71 countries on 6 continents since 1958. Ailey’s work was groundbreaking in its exploration of the African American experience and the enrichment of the modern dance tradition, including his beloved American masterpiece Revelations.
One of the first choreographers to have a racially integrated dance company, Lester Horton (1906-1953) developed a series of movement exercises that have now been codified as the Horton technique.
Mary Lou Williams, the jazz pianist, arranger and composer, said that the first time she saw Alvin Ailey's work, "I went out of my mind, and I don't do that often."
For 20 years, Judith Jamison has not just tended the flame, but fueled the company so that it burns more brightly.
Ailey II razzed up the Mahaiwe Saturday, as well as razzing some lucky folks who availed themselves of the master class they presented earlier at Bard's College at Simon's Rock.
Ten years after taking over the American Dance Theater, Judith Jamison -- Alvin Ailey's astonishing muse -- celebrates with a Kennedy Center Honor.