The dance legend who inspired some of Alvin Ailey's most iconic choreography is guiding a rising star to follow her actual footsteps. Judith Jamison met Ailey in a stairwell after bombing an audition in 1965, when she was 22. But that first misstep leg to a 50-year career after Ailey invited her to join his new Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which was showcasing black modern dancers just as the civil rights movement was also hitting its stride.
Please Credit Photo: AAADT's Akua Noni Parker and Michael Jackson Jr. in Billy Wilson's The Winter in Lisbon. Photo by Paul Kolnik
Please Credit Photo: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Kanji Segawa in Robert Battle's Takademe. Photo by Andrew Eccles