Pamela Jones

Dance Theatre of Harlem
The Limón Company
Kanasas City Civic Ballet: Guest

Pamela Jones on Seventeen‘s January 1972 cover.

Pamela Jones was born ca. 1953 in Alexandria, Louisiana to Dr. and Mrs. Herman H. Jones. Jones started dancing at age five and trained with Tatiana Dokoudovska at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and “also danced in the West Indies,” though it is not known where.

After Arthur Mitchell spotted Jones’ aptitude for ballet, he personally traveled to her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri to persuade her parents to allow Jones to study professionally. Jones then attended New York’s Professional Children’s School as a scholarship student; she graduated in 1971. While training at and performing as a founding member with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Jones studied English and history at Nassau Community College.

She performed with DTH in their first performance at Jacob’s Pillow and traveled throughout Europe with the company. Her repertoire with the company included Arthur Mitchell’s Holberg Suite, among others. She performed the piece with three other members of the company on the television special A Holiday Celebration with Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee in December 1970. She additionally performed with the Limón Company and the Kansas City Civic Ballet.

In January 1972, Jones appeared on the cover of Seventeen magazine as one of the country’s “most accomplished and attractive girls of 1972.”

After her dance career, Jones worked as a medical technician in New York.

 

 

From left to right: Emilie Plauche Flink, Mary Ford, and Pamela Jones. Photo via The San Francisco Examiner.
Photo via The Kansas Star.

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