Death of Alvin Ailey

January 5, 1931 - December 1, 1989
New York, New York | Age 58

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With a burst of music in a vacant Manhattan lot, dancers and city officials held groundbreaking ceremonies for what will be the footprint of the new Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Young dancers from the school joined the adult members of the theater Wednesday in three short performances to celebrate the building of the company's new space at 55th Street and Ninth Avenue.

"See what blessings we have from one man, from Alvin Ailey, who planted the seed? Look what the tree...

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