John Jones

Jerome Robbins’ Ballets: USA (1958-61),

Joffrey Ballet (1965-1968),

Dance Theatre of Harlem (1969-early 1970s)

  • John Jones is a native Philadelphian. Jones studied with Marion Cuyjet and Sydney King at the Judimar School from 1951 to 1955
  • He also studied with Anthony Tudor and Margaret Crask at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School and then School of American Ballet with Stanley Williams.
  • He performed professionally with Katherine Dunham (mid 1950s) Jerome Robbins’ Ballets: USA (1958-61), Joffrey Ballet (1965-1968), Dance Theatre of Harlem (1969-early 1970s), Arthur Hall’s Afro-American Dance Ensemble (early 1970s), American Dance Machine (early to mid-1970s) and Rod Rodgers Dance Company (mid 1980s).
  • Besides his teaching at Judimar, Philadelphia School of Performing Arts, Arthur Hall’s Afro-American Dance Ensemble, Rod Rogers Dance Company and in Japan, he has choreographed dances for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Pennsylvania Ballet, and American Dance Machine.

Article Mentions:

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/28/arts/dance/leaping-a-generation-gap-to-revive-a-robbins-ballet.html?_r=0

“Passage for Two,” originally and memorably danced by Wilma Curley and John Jones, was a duet of exploration. Mr. Verso agreed that Robbins was “making a statement” by casting an interracial couple. He noted that the duet has also been danced by white couples: he did the male role as a leading dancer in the Joffrey Ballet in the 1970’s (which he joined after performing with Ballet Theater).

Photos:

Photo with Delores Browne: http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/353ee050-9795-0133-35c8-00505686a51c

https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/fd820170-9794-0133-e6ea-00505686a51c

Articles:

https://books.google.com/books?id=7gIDy6ait3IC&pg=PA329&lpg=PA329&dq=black+ballet+dancer+john+jones&source=bl&ots=P5TuyqsPk9&sig=YAwCZzyDHsNLvBYRtSfzBF2SvSo&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiB3qTJyL_RAhWHKMAKHf4fDAAQ6AEIJDAC#v=onepage&q=black%20ballet%20dancer%20john%20jones&f=false

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