Muriel Cook (Gaines)

Negro Unit of Ballet Theatre

Muriel Cook, photo by Carl Van Vechten.

Born in 1915, Muriel Cook was a member of the Negro Unit of Ballet Theatre. She was a part of the original cast of Agnes de Mille’s Black Ritual (1940). Cook performed in the original Broadway casts of Flying Colors (1932), Lew Leslie’s Blackbirds of 1939, Swingin’ the Dream (1939), and Big White Fog (as Claudine Adams, 1940). Cook worked as a singer, performing in Harlem clubs, at Broadway revues, and on tour in South America and Europe.

She passed away in 1976.







"Black Ritual" Ballet by Agnes de Mille for the Ballet Theatre.
Cook (left) with Maudelle Bass (center) and Dorothy Williams (right) for Black Ritual. Photo by Carl Van Vechten.
Cook (left) with Maudelle Bass (top center), Lawaune Kennard (bottom center), and Dorothy Williams (right). Photo by Carl Van Vechten.

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