Al Bledger

American Negro Ballet Company

Al Bledger was a lead dancer of the Eugene Von Grona’s American Negro Ballet Company. Bledger received positive press after the company’s debut in 1937. He performed as a part of Von Grona’s Negro Swing Ballet Dancers in Lew Leslie’s Blackbirds of 1939 and the original Broadway casts of Carmen Jones (1943) and Swingin’ the Dream (1939).

Sources:

American Negro Ballet Company, Wikipedia
Pioneers in Negro Concert Dancer: 1931 to 1937, Free to Dance
The Complete Books of 1930s Broadway Musicals by Dan Dietz
Al Bledger, Playbill

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