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Alvin Ailey Files Given to Library

January 31, 2006

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Files of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of this country’s best known ensembles, are going to the Library of Congress for permanent archiving.

The material includes sketches of dances, costume designs, musical manuscripts and orchestrations, including scores by Duke Ellington and Leonard Bernstein. The collection also has photos, audiotapes and film footage from performances.

Ailey died in 1989 at 58. Born in Rogers, Texas, near Waco, he studied at Lester Horton’s modern dance school in Hollywood, the first in the United States to be racially integrated. At Horton’s death Ailey took over as artistic director. He danced in ``House of Flowers,″ a musical made from a book by Truman Capote, studied dance with Doris Humphrey in Martha Graham’s school and acting with Stella Alder.

He set up the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater in 1959, organized a dance school and a repertory ensemble and choreographed for other companies, among them a production of ``Anthony and Cleopatra for the Metropolitan Opera.

The company has performed for more than 21 million people in 71 countries.

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