American Masters

Ailey dancers reflect on company's scrappy beginnings

Clip: 01/11/2022 | 1m 51s | Video has closed captioning.

In this outtake from "Ailey," former Ailey dancers recall how Alvin Ailey worked hard to raise money for the company. There was a "burden that was on him to keep us all working and to make sure that [his] dancers [felt] cared for and loved," recalls Judith Jamison, Ailey dancer (1965-1979) and Artistic Director (1989-2011).

Aired: 01/11/22

Rating: NR

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