James Goree

Dance Theatre of Harlem

James Goree with wife Carol Crawford. Photo by Arax-Serjan Studios via Poughkeepsie Journal.

James E. Goree, born to J.B. Goree and a mother of an unknown name, grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Grenada Hills High School in 1981. As a dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Goree performed in George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Geoffrey Holder’s Dougla, and Billy Wilson’s Concerto in F, among others. In 1988, he performed the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Cavalier in Ballet South’s production of The Nutcracker. The following year, The Los Angeles Times said Goree displayed “touching vulnerability” in his role of the Father in Agnes de Mille’s Fall River Legend.


Ballet South to perform ‘The Nutcracker’, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov 30, 1988
Cast Changes in Second Harlem Program, The Los Angeles Times, Jun 2, 1989
Area Weddings, Poughkeepsie Journal, Sept 22, 1985
Dance Theatre of Harlem Repertory List, Columbia University Libraries

See also:

Harlem Dances in Fagan’s ‘Footsteps,’ Los Angeles Times
‘Toccata’ by Harlem Troupe, The New York Times
Harlem Troupe in Works by Balanchine, The New York Times
Dance Theatre of Harlem Wows Russia, Ebony Magazine

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