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View of actress Diana Sands and dancer Alvin Ailey in the play, “Tiger, tiger burning bright.” Typed on back: “Diana Sands in ‘Tiger, tiger burning bright’ (with Alvin Ailey).”

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Just Dance: Moonlight x Alvin Ailey

An original dance piece pays homage to director Barry Jenkins’s award-winning drama


These 5 black dancers paved the way for Misty Copeland 

Misty Copeland made history on Tuesday when she was promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater. Her ascension is the result of her own hard work, and decades of struggles faced by America’s black ballerinas. From Janet Collins to Alvin Ailey, black dancers have elevated the form for decades while dealing with discrimination and injustice.

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Jessica Pinkett | 23 | Towson University Alum

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The only photograph I had preconceived before coming to South Africa was to shoot one or more of Ailey’s dancers with an Elephant. I’ve lived with a reproduction of Avedon’s ‘Dovima with Elephants’ framed on my wall for most of my life and although nothing could equal the serenity and power of that image I wanted to have my day in the (African) sun finding my own interpretation. Yesterday I got the opportunity. This image is of Jamar Roberts effortlessly lifting Jacqueline Green over his head with one arm while “Three” mother of two looks on. Glen Afric Lodge, 40 minutes outside of Johannesburg. ‪#‎AlvinAileySA‬ @AlvinAiley@eccles