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Bill T. Jones remembers the first time he met Alvin Ailey

Clip: 01/11/2022 | 2m 11s  | Video has closed captioning.

In this outtake from "Ailey," Bill T. Jones, guest choreographer of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recalls telling Alvin Ailey that he did not want to be considered a "Black choreographer," and Ailey reacting with compassion. "Now I can say it with confidence, but I was lonely," said Jones. "I was lonely for colleagues who were people of color."

Aired: 01/11/22

Rating: NR

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