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Alvin Ailey modern dance troupe's artistic leader Judith Jamison announces plans to retire

Alvin Ailey modern dance troupe's artistic leader Judith Jamison announces plans to retire

The artistic director who has helped shape the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for nearly two decades says she plans to retire.
Judith Jamison said Thursday she will step down in 2011. She joined the New York-based modern dance company in 1965 and became artistic director in 1989, shortly after founder Alvin Ailey's death.
Jamison is 64. During her tenure, the ensemble has created a bachelor's degree program with Fordham University, expanded its performance schedule and built a $56 million (euro36.92 million) headquarters on Manhattan's West Side.
The troupe has performed worldwide.