The Daily Agenda for Sunday, January 5

Jim Burroway

January 5th, 2014

Ben in Oakland

January 5th, 2014

My late partner, Larry grenier, danced with Alvin Ailey for a while, I think in the early ’80’s.he was the only white boy in the company, which felt it had to have one in order to represent diversity. He used to laugh about it, but it was an important part of his résumé. He also danced for Twyla Tharp, and in some ways, could be said to have “made” her. Shee considered him to be one of the finest lyric dancers she had ever seen.

I do miss him, and it’s been 18 years.


January 5th, 2014

Ben in Oakland, no matter how long it’s been we miss the people who have been important to us. My condolences on your loss.

Even I, who know absolutely nothing about dance, have never danced a step in my life, and wouldn’t go out of my way to watch a dance program, recognize the amazing artistry of the Alvin Ailey company and choreography!

Paul Douglas

January 6th, 2014

I’m not a dancer but in ’75 I was taking a college dance course and Alvin Ailey came and did some kind of dance seminars with my instructor in Portland. He actually assisted with our class of beginners as well (and believe me, I was a beginner). I had never heard of him at the time but he was very gracious, very well spoken and very handsome. It wasn’t until years later that I realized how famous he was.
6 degrees of separation.

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