Alvin Ailey
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Alvin Ailey

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Birthday
5, 1931
Birthplace
Rogers, TX
Death Date
Dec 1, 1989 (58)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
5, 1931
Birthplace
Rogers, TX
Death Date
Dec 1, 1989 (58)

About

Influential African American dancer and choreographer. He brought modern dance to a wider audience, founded New York's Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and created a famous dance piece called "Revelations."

Before Fame

As a teenager, he studied dance with renowned choreographer Lester Horton, who established the first American dance school that taught students of all races.

Trivia

While living in San Francisco, he performed in nightclubs with poet Maya Angelou.

Family Life

He was once romantically linked to political activist David McReynolds. Tragically, Ailey contracted HIV in the 1980s and died in his late fifties.

Associated With

He appeared with actress and singer Pearl Bailey in the 1954 Broadway production of House of Flowers.