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Alvin Ailey Celebrates 50 Years

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

In 1958, a group of young African-American modern dancers gave birth to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in a performance at the 92nd Street Y. 50 years later, the company has become one of the most famous dance companies in world, and they’ve been celebrating their anniversary all year, including a series of performances that started last week at the City Center. But is the Ailey still as significant a company as it was at its founding? Claudia La Rocco is a cultural critic and she spoke with Soterios Johnson.

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