b. January 5, 1931
d. December 1, 1989
“I am trying to show the world that we are all human beings and that color is not important. What is important is the quality of our work.”
Alvin Ailey Jr. was an internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer. He founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, a dance company hailed as an ambassador of American culture. Ailey formed a multiracial company and revolutionized dance, incorporating elements of ballet and jazz, along with modern and African dance, into his work.
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