Quote on Judith Jamison
“If you look at a dancer in silence, his or her body will be the music. If you turn the music on, that body will become an extension of what you’re hearing.”
•Judith Jamison was born on May 10, 1943 in culturally vibrant Philadelphia to gifted parents who valued the arts. •Jamison began taking dance lessons at age six at the Judimar School of Dance. At Judimar she began her training in ballet, jazz, tap, acrobatics and other modes of dance. •She left her studies at Fisk University to attend the Philadelphia Dance Academy (now the University of the Arts), where she later became a visiting distinguished professor. •In 1972 Jamison married Miguel Godreau, a former member of the AAADT. She left the Ailey company in 1980 to star in the Broadway musical hit Sophisticated Ladies. •She also began to choreograph dances, and the AAADT premiered her first work 1984. Her other works include Just Call Me Dance (1984), Into the Life (1987), Hymn (1993), Sweet Release (1996) and Double Exposure (2000). •Jamison began choreographing her own works and started the Jamison Project in 1988. A year later, shortly after Ailey’s death, Jamison became artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Why she inspires me
Judith Jamison inspires me to be a great dancer and follow my dreams. Someday I want to have my own dance company or school where I teach and get group of dancers together. I want to write dance books just like her that help people with their dance movements.