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Transcript of Alvin Ailey
Born: January 5, 1931
Raised by single mother moved to L.A. and that is where his interest in dance developed
Throughout his life he had many struggles but one that truly undermined his sense of worth as a man and helped make his personal life a tragedy, was the fact that his mother was a homophobe.
Gained formal training in dance in 1949 when school friend Carmen De Lavallade introduced him to Lester Horton
Alvin Ailey choreographed his signature solo Cry as a birthday present for his dignified mother, and created the dance on his stunning muse, Judith Jamison.
For all Black women everyone especially our mothers
Alvin Ailey dies at Age 58
Alvin Ailey American Dance Center now Ailey School
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble or Ailey II
Judith Jamison steps down as Artisitic Director and Robert Battle takes the position becoming only the third person since Ailey to head the company
Drug and Alcohol abuse