Judith Jamison

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Judith Ann Jamison (born May 10, 1943, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American dancer and choreographer, best known as the Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Judith Jamison was born on May 10, 1943 and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her mother, father, and older brother. Her father taught her to play the piano,and violin. She was exposed to the ... more »

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  • ''People come to see beauty, and I dance to give it to them.''
    Judith Jamison (b. 1944), U.S. dancer. As quoted in WomenSports magazine, p. 14 (September 1975).
  • ''Dance is bigger than the physical body. ...When you extend your arm, it doesn't stop at the end of your fingers, because you're dancing bigger than that; you're dancing spirit.''
    Judith Jamison (b. 1943), U.S. dancer. Dancing Spirit, ch. 21 (1993).
  • ''I've always felt that complement of opposites: body and soul, solitude and companionship, and in the dance studio, contraction and release, rise and fall.''
    Judith Jamison (b. 1943), African American dancer. Dancing Spirit, ch. 1 (1993).
  • ...I have ... been guilty of watching Westerns without acknowledging that Native Americans have gone through the same madness as African Americans. Isn't it extraordinary that sometimes the most offen...
    Judith Jamison (b. 1943), African American dancer. Dancing Spirit, ch. 3 (1993).
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