Stevie Wonder Partied Here: Dance Trouper George Faison Sells West End Townhouse for $5.9 M.

Can a slim townhouse at 615 West End Avenue entirely encompass Manhattan’s evolution? The place was a rooming house with six apartments per floor; then in 1976 it sold for about $100,000 to a hip choreographer who shared the space with renters; and now it’s a $6 million place for a management consultant who specializes in “making innovation happen.”

Dancer George Faison, who left Alvin Ailey’s company in 1969 to start his own troupe and is now the artistic director of the Faison Firehouse Theater in Harlem, has sold his West End townhouse for $5,950,000. City records show the buyer is Shira P. White, a consulting executive and the author of New Ideas About New Ideas, a book with chapters like “Spark Soup: Where Innovation Begins” and “Bargaining With the Future: The Valuation Struggle.”

Mr. Faison bought the place two years after choreographing 1974’s The Wiz on Broadway. He rented the upstairs space, mostly to designers, and threw fetes downstairs. “I gave Earth, Wind & Fire a party after a Madison Square Garden show—that was ’77. We had Ashford and Simpson, Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, you name it!”

After 32 years, Mr. Faison is moving to an apartment atop his theater’s 124th Street firehouse—even though the old place, according to the listing with Corcoran’s Steve Friedman, has about 7,000 square feet. “It was time to go,” Mr. Faison said. “Thirty-two years? Listen, my mother lived in her house for over 50 years, and I just couldn’t see going down that same road.”