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May 14, 2009

Judith Jamison, Artistic Director


Judith Jamison was appointed Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in December 1989 at the request of her mentor, Alvin Ailey, who personally chose her to succeed him before his untimely death. A native of Philadelphia, she studied with Marion Cuyjet, was discovered by Agnes de Mille and made her New York debut with American Ballet Theatre in 1964. She became a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1965 and danced with the company for 15 years to great acclaim. Recognizing her extraordinary talent, Mr. Ailey created some of his most enduring roles for her, most notably the tour de force solo, Cry. Continue reading here

2 comments:

Fly Girl said...

I love Judith! She represents the culture so well. If my daughter had been a boy, I planned to name him Jamison in her honor.

Ebony Intuition said...

She is an amazing women, I went to see Alvin Ailey 50th anniversary in Toronto last year it was great.

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