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Ailey Performs at Time Magazine's 75th Anniversary Gala

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrates its 40th Anniversary.

The Ailey organization pioneers its new B.F.A. program—a joint venture between Ailey and Fordham University, which offers students a unique opportunity to receive both superb dance training and a superior liberal arts education.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is the only dance company to perform at Time Magazine’s 75th Anniversary Gala.

Judith Jamison is the youngest person ever to receive the Dance/USA Award during the Spoleto Festival USA.

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

Judith Jamison receives the New York State Governor’s Arts Award.

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation begins ground-breaking dance medicine program with HealthSouth.

Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble travels to Cuba.

A 2-CD box set containing the music of Revelations and other Ailey favorites is released through V2 Records.

Judith Jamison’s newest ballet, Echo: Far From Home, premieres in conjunction with 40th Anniversary celebrations.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater makes a triumphant return to South Africa.