A man ahead of his time
A leading man
Ailey became one of the leading figures in 20th century modern dance.
The roots of a great past
Ailey left Texas at the age of 12 to go to Los Angeles, Ailey proved to be a gifted sport star who also was well achieved in languages. Ailey was inspired to pursue dancing after he first saw Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo perform. He study dance at Lester Horton, one of the 1st generation choreographers in 1949, and joined Horton's company the following year.
A man of culture
"The late Alvin Ailey was a disciple of Lester Horton, and the Horton Technique’s emphasis of clean extensions and a holistic awareness of oneself greatly influenced his pupil. Horton was a pioneer in that his company was one of the first to be racially integrated, incorporated Native American folk movements and helped popularize modern dance on the West Coast. Likewise, Ailey preserved African-American traditions and produced a unique niche within modern dance."- Karishma B. Desai.