Saturday, February 7, 2009

Being Alvin Ailey II

President Obama and First Lady Michelle had a "date night" last night at the Kennedy Center where they saw the great Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. "Fix Me" is a universal cry. Enjoy!


Cynthia said...

Thank you for this gift Judith,
I would not have seen this beauty

judith ellis said...

My pleasure, Cynthia. I have seen the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater many times since my childhood years. It is a great dance company with Judith Jamison, the past leader dancer as the artistic director. I see the m whenever they come to town or when I'm in New York.

I remember meeting Jamison backstage as a teenage and she looked at me and said, "And who are you?" I couldn't believe that she had found me backstage. It must have been the sheer wonder and awe in my eyes. I had a similiar experience with the wonderful Vinette Caroll. She was also a force. I met her when I was younger and many times thereafter.

Jamison might have also been drawn to speak to me by my sheer height. I had reached my 5' 10" height by then. But she still stood over me by some two or three inches. Wow! I couldn't believe my eyes, looking up at such long elegant limber beauty up close.

I will have to post something here with her in it. She was an amazing dancer. Her book, Dancing Spirit, is also a good read.