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General Concerns
Strategies for Reducing Abuse
. Scott T. Walters and John S.
Baer. 2006.
Written by Deborah Lewis, M.Ed., Jennifer Austin, M.P.H.,
and Timothy C. Marchell, Ph.D., Gannett Health Services
Alvin Ailey, choreographer and dancer,
transformed the U.S. dance scene by founding the
interracial Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in
1958. His company was one of the first integrated
American dance companies to gain international
fame. Ailey struggled with drug abuse and bipolar
disorder. His notebooks detail rambling plans and
fears that he couldn’t maintain the choreography
and financial fitness of his company. He tried to
find refuge in drugs and alcohol; he died of an
AIDS–related disease in 1989.