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Alvin Ailey


Revelations, the 'Signature Work' of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, celebrates the human spirit and the ability of people to overcome adversity.  This suite of dances captures the essence of Ailey's black experience in America and expresses themes of his African-American cultural heritage. The lessons focus on such concepts as reach and withdraw, creating a personal signature dance based on one's name and exploring a Langston Hughes poem to find ways to express concepts and feelings through dance. The Human Family theme is woven throughout.


Video: Excerpts from Revelations available at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater website.

Video: Watch a video from AileyCamp. AileyCamp is an innovative program designed to serve inner-city children in grades six through eight, ages 11-14. It does not serve as a training ground for professional dancers, but rather uses dance as a vehicle for developing self-esteem, self-discipline, creative expression and critical thinking skills.

Listen to the audio for A Negro Speaks of Rivers (may take a few seconds to load, depending on your internet speed): 

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All videos, audio tracks, and artwork on this page are for educational use only and is not to be reproduced.

Audio recording courtesy of Wayne Cook, Vince Gomez, and Harold Ober Associates.

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