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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bledger with Hazel Spence in rehearsal for American Negro Ballet Company’s debut.

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