Dance should be "art and entertainment," said Alvin Ailey, creative genius behind the world-famous Alvin Ailey Dance Theater company. Colorful, energetic, and theatrical, Ailey's work appeals to people from all walks of life -- and his dances celebrate the richness of African-American history and culture. The stars did not always shine on Ailey, who was born into a world of poverty and racism. Despite the twists and turns of his life, Ailey never lost sight of his dream. In the years since Ailey's death, his dance company has continued to showcase his unique vision. For this real-life success story, author Barbara C. Cruz paints an animated, candid portrait of one of the most popular and acclaimed dancers and choreographers in the world. Book jacket.