How appropriate that Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has included L.A. in the ensemble's 50th anniversary tour. Before he founded his eponymous dance troupe 50 years ago, Alvin Ailey started his dance career with the legendary choreographer Lester Horton, whose L.A.-based company was one of the few racially integrated of that time. Ailey may have started here, but it was in New York that he established his troupe and in the gospel music of his Texas childhood that he found his choreographic voice in his masterpiece, Revelations . A half century later, the Ailey tradition is helmed by one of his signature dancers, Judith Jamison, and the company signature work, Revelations , concludes each of the four repertoire programs. Check for the specific repertoire for the six performances.

March 18-21, 7:30 p.m.; March 21-22, 2 p.m., 2009

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