Alvin Ailey’s Children

One of the measures of greatness is how much an artist influences those who come after him. By that measure Alvin Ailey has ensured his place in dance history: he’s “spawned at least five major companies built in the Ailey image — Philadanco, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble in Denver, Lula Washington Dance Theatre in Los Angeles and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company — and many small groups, inspired by Ailey’s success.”