Iconic dancer/choreographer Judith Jamison, a Philadelphia native and the former artistic director of the internationally acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is one of four renowned leaders and achievers being honored for their lifetime accomplishments with the 33rd annual Common Wealth Awards of Distinguished Service.
Dance seems to have always been a part of Judith Jamison's road in life. Growing up, she trained early in dance and music and attended the Philadelphia Dance Academy. In 1964, she started performing with the American Ballet Theatre.
Judith Jamison: Dance Legend. Judith was recently named the Artistic Director Emeritus for Alvin Ailey, a dance company she first joined in 1965.
Ever since Judith Jamison announced that she would end her 21-year tenure as artistic director of the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, anybody who is remotely moved by dance has looked forward to her final appearance in Philadelphia.
Judith Jamison, the retiring artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, accepts flowers from her successor, choreographer Robert Battle, during a farewell performance in New York. "This is such an important moment for such an important lady," said Battle.
Judith Jamison has an awful lot of which to be proud. Under her leadership, begun in 1989 after the death of choreographer Alvin Ailey, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has become one of the most popular and distinguished dance companies in the world.
Judith Jamison is leaving the post of artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater with a smile and laughter. On Sunday night the company ended its annual season at City Center with a tribute to her that lasted over three hours.
"I have come a long way from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania," observed Judith Jamison, retiring artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and American dance icon. "Yeah!" shouted back many in her adoring audience.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater announced that the choreographer Robert Battle would succeed Judith Jamison as artistic director next summer.
April 28: Judith Jamison, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Robert Battle, the artistic director designate.