Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Information
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (AAADT) is one of the modern dance companies in NYC. It is based in New York City. The company was founded by the choreographer and dancer named Alvin Ailey in the year 1958. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre is led by the associate artistic director, who is known as Masazumi Chaya and creative director Robert Battle. The theatre is made up of 32 dancers.
The first performance of Ailey Alvin American Dance Theatre was held at 92nd Street Young Men’s Hebrew Association along with a group of Black young and modern dancers. Alvin Ailey was the choreographer, director, and principal director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. The company started with only seven dancers, including their choreographers and several other guest choreographers. Their first performance included the Ailey’s Blues Suite.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre has performed for approximately 23 million people across 48 states. The company has also performed in 71 countries scattered on six continents. The AAADT has often served as an ambassador for American Culture.
In 1962, the AAADT company performed at the International Arts Festival in Rio De Janeiro (Brazil). The Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre has also performed in the very first 1966 World Festival of Negro Arts in Dakar (Senegal). The company also performed at the Edinburgh Festival in the same year and won the awards for “best company” and “best choreographer.” They also won the “best male dancer” award at the International Dance Festival held in Paris in the year 1970.
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