Louis Johnson performed Jerome Robbins’ Ballade with NYCB


On February 14, 1952, Louis Johnson performed in Jerome Robbins’ Ballade with NYCB. Johnson starred in Ballade alongside the rising star of the genre Nora Kaye and Janet Reed. The musical score was by Claude Debussy and was 13 minutes in length.


Louis Johnson was born March 19, 1930 in Statesville, North Carolina. He later moved to Washington, DC where he trained alongside Chita Rivera  under Doris Jones and Clair Haywood. Johnson then relocated to New York City to study at the New York City School of American Ballet(NYCB). He refined his artistry with ballet visionaries George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins.






Other Happenings in 1952

American History:

•January 9 U.S. President Harry S. Truman warns of the Cold War

•November 1 The United States tests the first hydrogen bomb  

World History:

•January 5; British Prime Minister Winston Churchill makes an official visit to the US
February 6; Queen Elizabeth II succeeds King George VI to the British throne
June 26; Nelson Mandela & 51 others infringe South Africa curfew
November  4; General Dwight Eisenhower (R) elected 34th president of the USA, beating Adlai Stevenson (D)

Arts and Sciences:

•February 4; 1st black executive of a major TV station (Jackie Robinson-WNBC NY)
•March 20; 24th Academy Awards – “An American in Paris”, Humphrey Bogart & Vivian Leigh win
•March 27; “Singin’ in the Rain”, a musical comedy starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds, is released

Human and Civil Rights:

December 24;The McCarran-Walter Act takes effect and revises U.S. immigrant laws



September  23; Rocky Marciano KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

February 20;  1st black umpire in organized baseball certified (Emmett Ashford)
June 5; Jersey Joe Walcott beats Ezzard Charles in 15 for heavy weight boxing title
November  30; Jackie Robinson charges NY Yankees with racism

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