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Choreographer Alvin Ailey Quits Professorship

October 11, 1989

NEW YORK (AP) _ Choreographer Alvin Ailey has quietly resigned his $80,000-a-year professorship at the City University of New York following complaints he paid others to teach his classes, the New York Post reported today.

″He showed up once and watched us perform. That was it,″ said Heidi Worrell, a dance student quoted by the Post.

Professors and former dance students at CUNY said Ailey paid other students from his Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Company to teach his ballet and modern dance courses.

Distinguished professors at CUNY must spend some time teaching; the university forbids the use of surrogate teachers, the newspaper said.

Ailey, 58, resigned his position at Borough of Manhattan Community College, part of the publicly funded city university, on Sept. 1.

August Kappner, a spokesman for the community college, confirmed Ailey had resigned but provided no more detail.

Ailey was not available for comment, said William Hammond, executive director of the Alvin Ailey company.

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