Ward Flemyng

Ballet Americana/New York Negro Ballet -Founder


Born in Detroit, Ward Flemyng was one of the six original members of an undefined group that studied under Maria Nevelska, former member of Bolshoi Ballet. Flemyng also studied with Nicholas Tsouklas and at the San Fransisco School of Ballet. Thereafter he received a scholarship to study in New York at the Katherine Dunham School. While in New York he studied with Sonia Woicikowska at Ballet Arts. He would later become the motivation to find funding for the New York Negro Ballet; thus being deemed its co-founder in 1954 alongside Thelma Hill. He took charge of organizing the performances. After having a career with New York Negro Ballet Flemyng found his lifestyle in Europe performing in musicals, nightclubs, and television entertainment in Germany, France, Belgium, and Italy. He alo choreographed several shows that includes a Carmen Jones that toured Germany and Switzerland.

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