Alvin Ailey Jr. was an American modern dancer and choreographer
who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City.
Born in Rogers, Texas, Alvin Ailey was introduced to dance by performances
of the Katherine Dunham Dance Company and the Ballet Russe de Monte
Carlo. His formal training in dance began with an introduction to
Lester Horton’s classes by his friend, Carmen de Lavallade.