Betsy Ann Dickerson

Radio City Ballet
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Guest (1960)

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Betsy Ann Dickerson was born ca. 1940 and trained with at Sydney King’s school alongside Billy Wilson and Joan Myers Brown. She was one of the first Black dancers at Radio City Ballet and had a career in musical theater. Dickerson performed in the original Broadway casts of Bajour (1964), Sweet Charity (1966), Canterbury Tales (1969), and La Strada (1969). She later opened a dance school in Long Island. On January 31, 1960 at the 92nd Street Y, Dickerson appeared in the same Alvin Ailey performance in which Revelations first premiered.

Sources:

Sydney King & Marion Cuyjet, MoBBallet
Classic Black, Dance Magazine
Joan Myers Brown & the Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina
Betsey Dickerson, Playbill
Converging Movements: Modern Dance and Jewish Culture at the 92nd Street Y, by Naomi M. Jackson

See also:

Song-and-Dance School Seeks a Home, The New York Times

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