By: Brooklyn Davis
Alvin Ailey was born on January 5, 1931 in Rogers, TX. He was an African-American choreographer who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in NYC. This theater is still offering classes to this day. Ailey's choreographic masterpiece Revelations is believed to be the best known and most often seen modern dance performance of all time. Because of this piece, Ailey received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1988 and died a year later in New York City because of AIDS.