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.
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.
|Full Name at Birth||Alvin Ailey, Jr.|
|Age||58 (age at death)|
|Date of Birth||January 5, 1931|
|Date of Death||December 1, 1989|
|Location of Death||New York, NY|
|Cause of Death||dyscrasia (a blood disorder|
|Eye Color||Brown - Dark|
|University||University of California, CASan Francisco State College, CAUCLA, CABerkeley, CA|
|Claim to Fame||Alvin Ailey (1931-1989) founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and won international fame as both a dancer and choreographer.|