China (Melva) Murray White

Dance Theatre of Harlem

China (Melva) Murray White, a native Philadelphian, trained at the Judimar School under the tutelage of Marion Cuyjet and Sydney King. White became the first Black dancer to receive a scholarship to the Pennsylvania Ballet School. She was then a member of Dance Theatre of Harlem and later the owner and artistic director of Theatre Street Dance Academy, educator of the Pre-Professional Dance Program at Fort Hayes, and an OSU Dance Master’s alum.


Arthur Mitchell to Speak at OSU Dance, Ohio State University

See also:

Theatre Street Dance Academy
Black Women in Concert Dance: The Philadelphia Divas, Sage Books
Marion Cuyjet: Black Ballet Pioneer




Dance Theatre of Harlem’s China Melva Murray White (L) Yvonne Hall (R)

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