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