Alvin Ailey

Profession : Activist ,Choreographer ,Founder
Nationality : American
Birth : 5th January, 1931
Death : 1st December, 1989
About : Ailey was born to his 17-year-old mother, Lula Elizabeth Ailey, in Rogers, Texas. ley's first junior high school in California was located in a primarily white school district. As one of the only black students, Ailey felt out of place because of his fear of whites, so the Aileys moved to a predominantly black school district. He matriculated at George Washington Carver Junior High School, and later attended the Thomas Jefferson High School. He sang spirituals in the glee club, wrote poetry, and demonstrated a talent for languages. He regularly attended shows at Lincoln Theater and the Orpheum Theater. Ailey did not become serious about dance until in 1949 his school friend Carmen De Lavallade introduced him to the Hollywood studio of Lester Horton. Horton's school taught a wide range of dance styles and techniques, including classical ballet, jazz, and Native American dance. Horton's school was also the first multi-racial dance school in the United States. Ailey was, at first, ambivalent about becoming a professional dancer. He had studied Romance languages at various universities in California, but was restless, academically, and took courses as well in the writings of James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, and Carson McCullers. He moved to San Francisco to continue his studies in 1951. There, he met Marguerite Johnson, who later changed her name to Maya Angelou. They occasionally performed a nightclub act called "Al and Rita". Ailey earned a living waiting tables and dancing at the New Orleans Champagne Supper Club. Eventually, he returned to study dance with Horton in southern California. Ailey died on December 1, 1989 at the age of 58.

Alvin Ailey Quotes

Choreography is mentally draining, but there’s a pleasure in getting into the studio with the dancers and the music.
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Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people.
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I always want to have more dancers in my company.
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I am trying to show the world that we are all human beings and that color is not important. What is important is the quality of our work.
Tags : Being , Color , Human , Important Topics : Work
I’m attracted to long-legged girls with long arms and a little head.
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If you live in the elite world of dance, you find yourself in a world rife with racism. Let’s face it.
Tags : Dance , Elite , Rife Topics : Racism
In this business, life is one long fund-raising effort.
Topics : Business , Effort , Life
Lena Horne is the sweetest and most adorable woman in the world.
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My feelings about myself have been terrible.
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My lasting impression of Truman Capote is that he was a terribly gentle, terribly sensitive, and terribly sad man.
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No matter what you write or choreograph, you feel it’s not enough.
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One of the processes of your life is to constantly break down that inferiority, to constantly reaffirm that I Am Somebody.
Tags : Inferiority , Processes , Reaffirm Topics : Life
One of the worst things about racism is what it does to young people.
Tags : People Topics : Racism
Racism tears down your insides so that no matter what you achieve, you’re not quite up to snuff.
Tags : Achieve , Tears Topics : Racism
Sometimes you feel bad about yourself when there’s no reason to.
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The creative process is not controlled by a switch you can simply turn on or off; it’s with you all the time.
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