Alvin Ailey Rank
About Alvin Ailey
Alvin Ailey developed a love for dancing at an early age after sneaking out to watch dance shows. His journey to stardom began in 1953 when he was featured in Lester Horton’s show titled “Revue Le Bal Caribe”. After taking over Horton’s dance studio after his death, he joined Herbert Ross on Broadway.
The celebrated American dancer gained international fame after establishing the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1958. He was famously known for his “Revelations” work which he premiered in 1980.
He was raised by his mum after his dad abandoned them at an early age. He shared little information about his private life, though it was speculated that he was gay.
In 1988, he was given the Kennedy Center Honors. He became a National Museum of Dance and Hall of Famer in 1992 before receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014.
Ailey died from health problems associated with HIV/AIDS – he was 58.
During the early stages of his career, he performed alongside Maya Angelou, a famous poet.
In 2008, New York’s mayor Michael Bloomberg announced December 4 as "Alvin Ailey Day".
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Famous quotes by Alvin Ailey
Choreography is mentally draining, but there's a pleasure in getting into the studio with the dancers and the music.Alvin Ailey
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
My lasting impression of Truman Capote is that he was a terribly gentle, terribly sensitive, and terribly sad man.Alvin Ailey
F.A.Q. about Alvin Ailey
When is his birthday?
Alvin Ailey's birthday is on January 5, 1931.
In how many days is his birthday?
Alvin's birthday is in 35 days
How old was Alvin when he died?
He was 58 years old.
When did he die?
He died in December 1, 1989.
How old would he be today?
Alvin Ailey would be 90 years old if he was alive today.
Where was Alvin from?
He was born in Rogers, Texas, U.S..
Alvin Ailey's Popularity
Alvin Ailey was a famous American dancer and choreographer, founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, who was born on January 5, 1931. As a person born on this date, Alvin Ailey is listed in our database as the 41st most popular celebrity for the day (January 5) and the 50th most popular for the year (1931).
People born on January 5 fall under the Zodiac sign of Capricorn, the Sea Goat. Alvin Ailey is the 1363rd most popular Capricorn.
Aside from information specific to Alvin Ailey's birthday, Alvin Ailey is the 10950th most famous American.
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