Ailey, Alvin, 1931-1989

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1931-01-05
Death 1989-12-01
Americans
English

Biographical notes:

Alvin Ailey (b. Jan. 5, 1931, Rogers, TX–d. Dec. 1, 1989, New York, NY) was an African-American choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. He is credited with popularizing modern dance and revolutionizing African-American participation in 20th-century concert dance. In 1977, Ailey was awarded the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP. He received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1988. In 2014, President Barack Obama selected Ailey to be a posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Subjects:

  • Dance
  • Choreography

Occupations:

  • Dancers
  • Choreographer

Places:

  • United States, 00, US
  • New York, NY, US
  • Rogers, TX, US