Judith Jamison has been one of the most respected, admired, and influential women in dance for more than 40 years. She began her career with New York’s American Ballet Theatre in 1964 and a year later moved to the acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater where she danced for 15 years. Today, Jamison continues to inspire with her creativity and hard work.
"When performing 'Cry,' you have to dig down deep, be venerable, use your dignity and of course passion! Looking back, Alvin gave me this dance and it’s a priceless gift. I’ll always have it, along with the wisdom he passed down to me and that I pass down to women who perform 'Cry' now." --Judith Jamison, on the legacy of Alvin Ailey's choreographic tribute to black women.
American dancer, choreographer and artistic director emerita of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Jamison is a legendary icon in performing arts. For more than two decades at the helm of this highly respected dance organization, she propelled AAADC to new heights with an understanding of the past and a focus on the future.