Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Work of Alvin Ailey

The Work of Alvin Ailey 

Alvin Ailey was one of the greatest African American Modern Choreographers in the 1950's. 
He's accomplished many things over the years; from the time he began dance up until the time of his death. You see, Alvin and I are very alike in many ways. We both started dance at a young age with the persistence to make something out of our lives no matter the color of our skin. We also found a way to connect our love for dance with the strong christian morals. Although Ailey is gone, his legacy still carries on in the lives of many including myself!

Below I have listed the following sites in hopes you will understand why it is I have chose to create a blog about Alvin Ailey:

This FIRST link is actually the Alvin Ailey Dance Academy Website. This is a great place to start if you want to  know more information about Ailey himself, but also how the company began. On here you'll enjoy photos, videos, bios, different information about summer camps and even opportunities to join the dance school. 

This SECOND link is actually a more detailed version of who Alvin Ailey was and how he started this whole idea of dance. Most people don't know this, but as a dancer you always have to start with the basics of ballet. Even Ailey himself trained in ballet first. 

This THIRD link is actually a video from youtube of my favorite dance by Alvin Ailey. The famous piece was actually created the section of Revelations. The name of this piece is called Fix Me Jesus.  The choreography that was created to the words of this song does something powerful to me on the inside. During this film I can see how a struggle of life was portrayed and the only way to endure and overcome that obstacle is by calling on Jesus to fix and change your heart. 

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