Alvin Ailey, Jr.

modern dancer, choreographer
Born: 1/5/1931
Birthplace: Rogers, Texas

Modern dancer and choreographer known for his theatrical, energetic dances that combine modern, jazz and African dance elements. He studied dance with Martha Graham and Charles Weidman before forming his Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1958. His dances include Blue Swan (1958), Night Creature (1975) and Precipice (1983).

Died: 12/1/1989
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