Jamison, Judith Ann

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Born: May 10, 1943 AD
Currently alive, at 70 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Choreographers, Dancers, Entertainers


1943 - Judith Ann Jamison, born on the 10th of May in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is an American dancer and choreographer, best known as the artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

1949 - She began studying dance at age 6.

1961 - She graduated from Germantown High School.

1964 - Agnes de Mille invited her to dance in her ballet "The Four Marys" at the American Ballet Theatre.

1965 - Moved to New York City and joined the Alvin Ailey company.

1967 - 1971 - Her notable roles were "The Prodigal Prince", "Masekela Language", and especially "Cry", a 15-minute solo piece.

1976 - She danced with Mikhail Baryshnikov in Ailey's "Pas de Duke," set to the music of Duke Ellington.

1980 - Left the Alvin Ailey company to star in the Broadway musical Sophisticated Ladies, also based on Ellington's music.

1993 - She wrote an autobiography, "Dancing Spirit".

1999 - Awarded by Kennedy Center Honors.

2001 - Received a medal from the National Medal of Arts.

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