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Alvin Ailey (1931–1989)

Ailey was born in the rural town of Rogers, Texas, USA. His childhood memories and experiences often informed his choreography; the most notable of his works was "Blues Suite", "Cry" (choreographed for Judith Jamison), and "Revelations", a ballet based on Ailey's observations and experiences in Black Baptist churches that was set to traditional ... See full bio »
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 2006 Great Performances (TV Series) (choreographer - 1 episode)
 1990 A Tribute to Alvin Ailey (TV Movie) (choreographer: original)
 1977 The Turning Point (choreographer: Miss Browne's Gala Solo by)
 1974 The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People (TV Series) (choreographer - 1 episode)
- Ailey Celebrates Ellington (1974) ... (choreographer)
 1973 American Ballet Theatre: A Close-Up in Time (TV Movie documentary) (choreographer)
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 1954 Carmen Jones
Dance Soloist (uncredited)
 1952 Lydia Bailey
Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
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 1989 Bill Cosby Salutes Alvin Ailey (TV Movie)
 1988 Ebony/Jet Showcase (TV Series)
- Episode dated 22 January 1988 (1988) ... Himself
 1986 The Core of the Apple (TV Series documentary)
Himself - American Dance Theater
- Shades of Harlem - skyggerne fra Harlem (1986) ... Himself - American Dance Theater
 1969 The Hollywood Palace (TV Series)
Himself - Dancer
- Episode #7.7 (1969) ... Himself - Dancer
 1964 The Eamonn Andrews Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1964) ... Himself
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 2005 Carmen and Geoffrey (Documentary)
 2001 Great Performances: Dance in America (TV Series)
- Free to Dance (2001) ... Himself
 1993 Genius on the Wrong Coast (Documentary)

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Choreography is mentally draining, but there's a pleasure in getting into the studio with the dancers and the music. See more »


His dance foundation was awarded the American National Medal of Arts in 2001 from the National Endowment of the Arts. See more »

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