Alvin Ailey Dance Theater To Celebrate Founder’s Legacy, Black History At BJCC

| February 13, 2018 @ 5:00 am

By Ariel WorthyThe Birmingham Times

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will bring its 21-city tour to Birmingham tonight at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC).

The show, originally set for the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, was so popular that it moved to the BJCC, where it sold out. That shows the importance of dance and performing arts, said Chalvar Monteiro, a dancer with Alvin Ailey.

“Dance is a very important part of the community and communication,” Monteiro said. “I just feel that as long as we have stories to tell as a people, black or otherwise, we will continue to be successful in speaking to humanity on a worldwide scale.”Choreographer Alvin Ailey founded the group in 1958 in New York with a group of young black dancers. The company started as an ensemble of only seven dancers, plus their choreographer, and many guest choreographers.

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