Judith Jamison and Mikhail Baryshnikov dance together during a 1976 press conference to announce the premiere of “Pas de Duke,” a duet choreographed for them by Alvin Ailey set to the music of Duke Ellington.
"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." --- Alvin Ailey Alvin Ailey was an American choreographer and activist who popularized modern dance and revolutionized African-American participation in 20th century concert dance.
Alvin Ailey was an African-American choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in NYC. Ailey is credited with popularizing modern dance and revolutionizing African-American participation in 20th century concert dance. His company gained the nickname "Cultural Ambassador to the World" because of its extensive international touring. Ailey's choreographic masterpiece Revelations is believed to be the best known and most often seen modern dance performance.