In 1982, at the invitation of Alvin Ailey, he joined the production staff and over the next three decades he became a pivotal leader within the organization, working closely with Artistic Directors Judith Jamison and Robert Battle. Calvin played an integral role managing Ailey’s tours around the world, extending Ailey’s role as a cultural ambassador.
Calvin had an unparalleled love for Ailey and a passion for life. His sense of humor, wise counsel, and warm friendship will be deeply missed. He was an extraordinary man whose passing is a great loss to the Ailey family and the world of dance.
Our hearts go out to his loving wife Margaret, their two children Eli and Brenna, and his entire family.
A memorial celebration will be announced later in the spring.
Joan H. Weill, Chairman; Robert Battle, Artistic Director; Masazumi Chaya, Associate Artistic Director; Bennett Rink, Executive Director; Judith Jamison, Artistic Director Emerita