Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre was founded in 1958 by dancer, choreographer and visionary Alvin Ailey, to fuse African-American cultural expression with American modern dance. In 1960 AAADT became a resident company of the 51st Street YWCA’s Clark Center for the Performing Arts—the Company’s first official residence. Ailey choreographed his classic masterpiece Revelations, which brought the Company international acclaim.AAADT moved to Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1969 and Alvin Ailey established a school which continues to thrive today.  Both company and school relocated to 229 East 59th Street in Manhattan a year later, to a renovated church building. In April of that year, a financial crisis caused Ailey to issue a statement that the dissolution of the company might take place. The crisis abated, however, and in 1971 AAADT made its first performance at the New York City Centre, where it is currently the resident company.Alvin Ailey died on 1st December 1989 and Judith Jamison assumed the post of Artistic Director. Ailey created more than 79 dances for his company during his tenure; he also maintained, however, that the company was not solely a repository for his choreography. Hence AAADT has a repertory of more than 200 works by over seventy choreographers, including such choreographers as Ulysses Dove, Katherine Dunham and Twyla Tharp.Robert Battle became Artistic Director in July 2011 at the personal selection of Judith Jamison, making him only the third person to head the Company since it was founded in 1958.

Revelations by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre