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Dancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey's Embodiment of African American Culture

Thomas F. DeFrantz


In the early 1960s, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was a small, multi-racial company of dancers that performed the works of its founding choreographer and other emerging artists. By the late 1960s, the company had become a well-known African American artistic group closely tied to the civil rights struggle. This book chronicles the troupe's journey from a small modern dance company to one of the premier institutions of African American culture. The book not only charts this rise to national and international renown, but also contextualizes this progress within the civil rights, women's ... More

Keywords: Alvin Ailey, dancers, civil rights, women's rights, gay rights, African American culture, spectatorship, sexuality, Black Arts, African dance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195301717
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301717.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas F. DeFrantz, author