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Alvin Ailey, the iconic dancer, choreographer and founder of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, in March 1955. Photograph by Carl Van Vechten.

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Yes, it’s true. Lola Falana really is the “Lola” in Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana.”

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Alvin Ailey (January 5, 1931 – December 1, 1989) was an African-American choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. Ailey is credited with popularizing modern dance and revolutionizing African-American participation in 20th century concert dance. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater gained the nickname "Cultural Ambassador to the World" because of its extensive international touring.(Photos: David Moore, Jack Mitchell, Carl Van Vechten)

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Ballet. http://www.chicagostagereview.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/mail1.jpg

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My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle's Journey to Alvin Ailey

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