Alvin ailey dance theater


Alvin Ailey and a group of young, black modern dancers perform for the first time as members of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

March 30,1958

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater becomes a resident company of the 51st Street YWCA’s Clark Center for the Performing Arts—the Company’s first official residence.

january 31,1960

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is chosen to go on an extensive tour to the Far East, Southeast Asia and Australia as part of President John F. Kennedy’s progressive “President’s Special Internatio

march 15,1962

Judith Jamison dances with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for the first time. She will be one of the most recognized and lauded members of the Ailey company throughout her 15-year tenure as a danc

october 30,1965

Alvin Ailey sets Revelations on Ballet Folklorico for the opening ceremonies of the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. This becomes the only performance of Revelations by a company other than Alvin Ailey A

november 21,1968

Alvin Ailey is awarded an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree from Princeton University. Masazumi Chaya joins Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as a dancer. Judith Jamison receives the distingui

november 14,1972

Alvin Ailey receives the Dance Magazine Award. Board of New York Friends of Alvin Ailey is formed.

april 15,1975

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs at the opening night of Studio 54.

april 26,1977

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater gives a special performance for President Jimmy Carter at the White House.

november 15,1978

Alvin Ailey receives The Kennedy Center Honor for lifetime contribution to American culture through the performing arts—the nation’s highest official distinction for creative artists.

december 4,1988