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Judith Jamison

My Life With Alvin Ailey

Michael Kaiser | Posted 06.07.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

As I count down the number of days left until I leave the Kennedy Center, I am getting nostalgic about my entire career. No one producing arts organization has had a bigger impact on my life than the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Cultural Ambassadors to the World

Bessie A. Winn-Afeku | Posted 04.15.2014 | Arts
Bessie A. Winn-Afeku

Known for its mix of classical ballet and modern dance, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was founded in 1958 by Alvin Ailey, during a time when African-Americans had little access to classical dance.

How Much History Is Enough?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

When a founder retires, the transition can be especially challenging. The organization was created specifically to support the vision of the founder. How does it support the new leader, and provide necessary visibility for a new vision, while recognizing and celebrating the achievements of the founder?

Alvin Ailey Comes to Town and You Shouldn't Miss It

Danai P. Maraire | Posted 06.19.2013 | Los Angeles
Danai P. Maraire

If you've never had the chance to experience this particular dance company, there is no time like the present to discover what I already know: There is nothing like it.

Falling for Vanessa Bell Calloway At ABFF

Myrdith Leon Mccormack | Posted 09.30.2012 | Black Voices
Myrdith Leon Mccormack

When I met Vanessa Bell Calloway, I wanted to give her a standing ovation. She is an extraordinary actress, dancer, philanthropist, motivator, mentor, wife, and mother.

Alvin Ailey Dance Show Gets Audience Out Of Their Seats

AP | JOCELYN NOVECK | Posted 03.04.2012 | Black Voices

NEW YORK — Imagine you're in the audience at, say, "Swan Lake," and the ballerinas you've been watching suddenly swoop over to your seat, envelo...

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

Alvin Ailey's New Artistic Director Is Raising The Barre With His Modernized Repertory

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 11.24.2011 | Black Voices

"The crux of every work is the transition," choreographer Rennie Harris said, reflecting on his new work, "Home," dance in general, and -- almost unwi...

City Center: A Remarkable History

Michael Kaiser | Posted 12.31.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The ghosts of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Alvin Ailey and too many others to name are hopefully still in residence, inspiring a new generation of artists to create great works.

CNN's Don Lemon: A Lesson in Style, Grace, and Transparency

Malcolm Harris | Posted 08.22.2011 | Books
Malcolm Harris

To spend five minutes with CNN anchor and now author, Don Lemon, is the equivalent to spending invaluable time in the presence of style, elegance and perseverance.

Remembering Denise Jefferson

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The dance world lost a giant on when Denise Jefferson passed away. I would venture to say that thousands of dance lovers, who may not even know her name, have great reason to celebrate her memory.

Robert Battle Take Judith Jamison's Place In Alvin Ailey Dance Company

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — Alvin Ailey's artistic director has announced a successor, a 37-year-old choreographer with a decade-long history with the world-reno...

Vanity Fair's Coverage of the White House State Dinner: A Namedropping Guide

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Danny Groner

The author was obviously trying to put the 2009 dinner in context with how previous years' affairs went. But he may have gotten a bit carried away in including quite so many characters, even as afterthoughts.

Evidence Dance Company's Silver Ball at the Plaza

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Henry Adams

Unfortunate alterations, made by the former Mrs. Donald Trump, remain intact at the Hotel Plaza. Even so, for a party there's no more special place so redolent of elegance and festivity.