Ronald Perry

Dance Theatre of Harlem
American Ballet Theatre
Maurice Béjart’s Ballet of the 20th Century

Ronald Perry began his professional career with Dance Theatre of Harlem after attending its affiliate school. In December of 1990, he and Christina Johnson, also with DTH, “became the first black dancers to appear with the Royal Ballet since the departure of Johaar Mosaval.” After an unfulfilling experience with American Ballet Theatre, where he performed principal roles, Perry joined Béjart Ballet in Brussels.

On transitioning from DTH to American Ballet Theatre, Perry said, “I’d always wondered what it would be like to be in another company…. I always felt so protected at Dance Theatre. It was like growing up in a family.” When he left, he said, “I think Arthur Mitchell was kind of hurt. But I think he was kind of pleased. He felt it was a good idea for me to get out on my own.”


Blacks Dance with the Royal Ballet, The New York Times


Dance Theatre of Harlem: Arthur Mitchell, Perry, Lydia Abarca

See also:

Article from Ebony Magazine 1978
A Young Dancer’s Big Step Forward with ABT, The Washington Post
Queens to Brussels–A Dancer’s Odyssey, Los Angeles Times
Ballet Theater: Ronald Perry and Lise Houlton in Sphinx, The New York Times
Young Dance Talent Takes Center Stage, The New York Times

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