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us: Benjamin, Fred, 1944-2013

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    • Birth Date

        (edtf) 1944-09-08
    • Death Date

        (edtf) 2013-12-14
    • Birth Place

        (naf) Boston (Mass.)
    • Death Place

        (naf) Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)
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        (naf) United States
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        • Organization: (naf) Alvin Ailey American Dance Center
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        (naf) Alvin Ailey American Dance Center
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: Fred Benjamin Dance Company
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        Fred Benjamin Dance Company
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    • found: [The CBS festival of lively arts for young people. 1974-11-28], Ailey celebrates Ellington, c1974: opening credits (guest artist, Fred Benjamin)
    • found: OCLC, Mar. 31, 1999 (hdgs.: Benjamin, Fred, 1944- ; Benjamin, Fred; usage: Fred Benjamin)
    • found: New York times (online), viewed Dec. 20, 2013 (in obituary published Dec. 19: Fred Benjamin; b. Sept. 8, 1944, Boston; d. Saturday [Dec. 14, 2013], Manhattan, aged 69; internationally known teacher of jazz dance who was also part of the creative wave of young black modern-dance choreographers who came to prominence in the 1970s)
    • found: African American National Biography, accessed June 9, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Benjamin, Fred; dancer, educator, choreographer / dance director; born 08 September, 1944 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States; studied ballet, jazz, and “ethnic dance”, School of Fine Arts (1948); took classes at Boston Children's Theatre; attended on a partial scholarship American Ballet Theatre's school; dancer at the company of Talley Beatty (1963); formed his own dance troupe, the Fred Benjamin Dance Company (FBDC) (1968-1990); influenced dance studios: New York's Clark Center for the Performing Arts, the Steps studios, and June Lewis, trained a generation of modern dancers; participated in Harlem Cultural Council's annual Dance Mobile series (1970s,1980s); restructured FBDC as the Tally / Benjamin Project (1990); became chair of jazz department and faculty adviser at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center; taught dance in Netherlands, Japan, and Belgium; died 14 December, 2013 in New York)
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