March 25, 2011 12:00 AM

The man behind the troupe

When the curtains open at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theater on the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater tonight, there'll be one man behind the stage who's been making it all happen - the tour, the stage crew, the schedule, even the payroll. He's a guy who started off as neither a New Yorker nor even a dancer, but as a track and football star in Tacoma who discovered dance while recovering from surgery.

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