Donna Lowe Warren

Philadelphia Grand Opera Ballet

Donna Lowe and Elmer Ball

Donna Lowe began her training in Philadelphia at the Judimar School of Dance under the tutalge of Marion Cuyjet, John Hines and Delores Brown. During the Summers, prompted by Cuyjet she studied in New York With George Chaffee. Later she trained under Thomas Cannon who was the ballet Master of the Philadelphia Grand Opera Ballet. In 1958 Cannon offered Lowe a contract. At the time African Americans were not permitted however Lowe was fair enough to pass for white. In 1960 she attended Juillard School in the Ballet program for one year but was unable to continue due to the financial burden. She returned to Philadelphia and resumed her contract with the Opera where she performed until 1971.

Judimar School students Donna Lowe and Elmer “Skeets” Ball

In 1982, now relocated to Florida, Lowe opened her own school, the Philadelphia School of dance in Lehigh Acres Florida.

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