Dance Theatre of Harlem
The Limón Company
Kanasas City Civic Ballet: Guest
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.
Arthur Mitchell’s Dance Theatre of Harlem, Jacob’s Pillow
Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Repertory List, Columbia University Libraries
Dance Theatre of Harlem Timeline, Columbia University Libraries
Ballerina studies her art at Miller’s pro school, The Pittsburgh Courier Aug 14, 1971
Alexandria Native Featured in ‘Seventeen’, The Town Talk Jan 2, 1972
Wichita… ‘On the Light Fantastic Toe’, The Kansas City Star Aug 9, 1970
Dance that matters by Limón Company, The San Francisco Examiner Feb 8, 1999
There Is But One Miss Jones Who Has Only Time for Dancing, The Kansas City Star Jan 2, 1972
Where Are They Now?, Newsday