Dorothy (Jones) Williams

American Negro Ballet
Negro Unit of Ballet Theatre

Photo by Carl Van Vechten.

Dorothy Williams was born in 1916 and was a member of both the Negro Unit of Ballet Theatre and the American Negro Ballet. She was a part of the original cast of Agnes de Mille’s Black Ritual. In 1936, Williams performed in the Federal Theatre Project’s production of Sweet Land. Williams also performed in the Broadway productions of Carmen Jones (1943); Run, Little Chillun (1943); Shuffle Along (1932); and Blackbirds of 1928.








Williams (right) with Muriel Cook (left), Maudelle Bass (top center), and Lawaune Kennard (bottom center).

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