Welcome to “Black Friday” where we highlight the beauty, strength and athleticism of black dancers, choreographers, and dance companies. We hope that this effort will shine a light on the beauty and diversity of dance.
“Black Dance is Beautiful”
Alvin Ailey (January 5, 1931 – December 1, 1989) was a prominent African-American dancer, choreographer and activist for black dance. He led extensive efforts to diversify the world of dance thorough advocacy and the creation of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. Most of his dance company’s productions focused on black culture and history. The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater traveled the country on what he called “the station wagon tours.” He worked with many famous dancers such as Judith Jamison, Leontyne Price, and Sallie Wilson. His legacy will forever live on as one of the forefathers of black modern dance.
Alvin Ailey was an African-American choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. He 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. – Alvin Ailey Wikipedia Page
If you want to learn about some other beautiful, black dance companies, take a look at this slideshow published by The Root: http://www.theroot.com/photos/2010/06/a_look_at_the_best_black_dance_companies_in_the_us.html