ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER grew from a now-fabled New York City performance in 1958 and has gone on to perform for millions of people around the globe.
In 2008 a U.S. Congressional resolution designated the Company as “a vital American cultural ambassador to the world” that celebrates the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance heritage.
Today, the Company upholds Alvin Ailey’s mission to deliver dance back to the people by presenting important works of the past—including his most popular and critically acclaimed work, Revelations—and commissioning new ones. Before his untimely death in 1989, Mr. Ailey named Judith Jamison as his successor, and over the next 21 years she brought the Company to unprecedented success. Ms. Jamison personally selected Robert Battle to succeed her in 2011, and The New York Times declared he “has injected the company with new life.”