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 Alvin Ailey, Jr

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Alvin Ailey, Jr

  • Birth 5 Jan 1931 Rogers, Bell County, Texas, USA
  • Death 1 Dec 1989 Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Burial Whittier, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Plot Garden of Affection, Section 16, Lot 1782, Grave 4
  • Memorial ID 1808

Dancer, Choreographer. Born in Rogers, Texas, he was the founder of the renown dance company the "Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater". Starting in 1949, he studied with influential choreographer Lester Horton in Los Angeles, California. When Horton died in 1953, Alvin Ailey took over the Lester Horton Dance Theater and became the director and resident choreographer. He later went to New York City, New York to make his theatre debut in Truman Capote's musical "House of Flower". He remained in New York, and studied ballet, acting and modern dance with choreographer Martha Graham. When he choreographed "Blues Suite", it marked the beginning of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. During his lifetime the company would perform in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents, and would received the Dance Magazine Award (1975); the Capezio Award (1979), the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award (1987) and the Kennedy Center Honors (1988).

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  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1808
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alvin Ailey, Jr (5 Jan 1931–1 Dec 1989), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1808, citing Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .