Alvin Ailey

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Alvin Ailey (January 5, 1931 – December 1, 1989) was an African-American choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. Ailey is credited with popularizing modern dance and revolutionizing African-American participation in 20th century concert dance. His company gained the nickname "Cultural Ambassador to the World" because of its extensive international touring. Ailey's choreographic masterpiece Revelations is believed to be the best known and most often seen modern dance performance. In 1977, Ailey was awarded the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP. He received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1988, just one year before his death.

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Acting Credits

Carmen Jones (1954)
Dance Soloist

Lydia Bailey (1952)
Specialty Dancer


Bill Cosby Salutes Alvin Ailey (TV Movie)

The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (TV Movie)

The Core of the Apple

The Hollywood Palace (1964) (TV Show)

The Eamonn Andrews Show (TV Show)

Ebony/Jet Showcase (TV Show)


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Nothing personal; I just don't have people over.

My feelings about myself have been terrible.

Sometimes you feel bad about yourself when there's no reason to.


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First NameAlvin
Last NameAiley
Full Name at BirthAlvin Ailey, Jr.
Age58 (age at death)
Date of BirthJanuary 5, 1931
BirthplaceRogers, TX
Date of DeathDecember 1, 1989
Location of DeathNew York, NY
Cause of Deathdyscrasia (a blood disorder
Eye ColorBrown - Dark
Hair ColorBlack
Star SignCapricorn
UniversityUniversity of California, CA
San Francisco State College, CA
Berkeley, CA
OccupationDancer, choreographer
Occupation CategoryDancer
Claim to FameAlvin Ailey (1931-1989) founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and won international fame as both a dancer and choreographer.

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