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NYC's West 61st Street Gets a New Name

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrates its 35th Anniversary.

Judith Jamison’s autobiography, Dancing Spirit, edited by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, is published by Doubleday.

Historic Annie Leibovitz photo shoot produces poster image that becomes a classic.

New York City’s West 61st Street is renamed Alvin Ailey Place.

Judith Jamison choreographs Hymn, her powerful tribute to Alvin Ailey, in collaboration with the Tony Award-nominated actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith.

Masazumi Chaya stages Alvin Ailey’s The River for the Royal Swedish Ballet.

Ailey in the Park attracts 30,000 spectators who congregate in New York City’s Central Park to see the live performance.