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Dancing RevelationsAlvin Ailey's Embodiment of African American Culture$
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Thomas F. DeFrantz

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195301717

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301717.001.0001

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Early Company

Early Company

Chapter:
(p.51) Three Early Company
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Dancing Revelations
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Thomas F. DeFrantz

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301717.003.0003

This chapter examines the early dance company formed by Alvin Ailey. In outlining his plan for the formation of an American dance company, Ailey's requirements included a home base that would include a school and center of operations; company teachers of jazz, ballet, and modern dance; and an administrative staff. His repertory plan capitalized on the versatility that African American dancers had achieved and he intended to use concert dance performance as a tool of education.

Keywords:   Alvin Ailey, dance company, dance school, African American dancers, concert dance, school

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