b'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 ServicesALVIN AILEY 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 couldnt maintain the choreography and financial fitness of his company. He tried to find refuge in drugs and alcohol; he died of an AIDSrelated disease in 1989.General Concerns145'