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Saturday, September 4, 2010

White House Dance Series To Honor Judith Jamison

**Update**

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On September 7th, First Lady Michelle Obama will invite world renowned dance companies to perform at the Administration’s first event celebrating dance.

The White House Dance Series: A Tribute to Judith Jamison will honor Jamison for her outstanding career as an American dancer, choreographer, and Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for the past 20 years. The event, featuring American dance from ballet, modern and contemporary dance, hip hop and Broadway will be held in the White House’s East Room.

Alvin Ailey during his early years.
The evening event will feature performers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Billy from Billy Elliot the Musical, The Washington Ballet, Super Cr3w, and New York City Ballet. It will be directed by Damian Woetzel, former principal dancer at the New York City Ballet and member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Jamison was honored in 2009 at the historic Lincoln Theatre by the Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute where she received the organization's Paul Robeson award May 2, 2009.

Alvin Ailey and Jamison together. Circa 1970.
Fans can see the dance ensemble perform locally at the Publick Playhouse on Sunday, October 24 in Cheverly, Maryland.

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