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Alvin Ailey
January 5, 1931 - December 1, 1989
Nationality: American
Category: Dancer
Subcategory: American Dancer

I always want more.


No matter what you write or choreograph, you feel it's not enough.


Money is a never-ending problem.


My lasting impression of Truman Capote is that he was a terribly gentle, terribly sensitive, and terribly sad man.


One of the worst things about racism is what it does to young people.


Choreography is mentally draining, but there's a pleasure in getting into the studio with the dancers and the music.


The creative process is not controlled by a switch you can simply turn on or off; it's with you all the time.


Sometimes you feel bad about yourself when there's no reason to.


If you live in the elite world of dance, you find yourself in a world rife with racism. Let's face it.


One of the processes of your life is to constantly break down that inferiority, to constantly reaffirm that I Am Somebody.


I always want to have more dancers in my company.


We still spend more time chasing funds than we do in the studio in creative work.


It will take very sophisticated marketing to achieve our aim of bringing more black people into the theater.


Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people.


I'm attracted to long-legged girls with long arms and a little head.


Racism tears down your insides so that no matter what you achieve, you're not quite up to snuff.


My feelings about myself have been terrible.


Nothing personal; I just don't have people over.


In this business, life is one long fund-raising effort.


Lena Horne is the sweetest and most adorable woman in the world.


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