Roberta Rhinehart

First Negro Classic Ballet
New York Negro Ballet

Yvonne Miller, Ted Crum, and Roberta Rhinehart, the Joseph Rickard Papers. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
From left to right: Roberta Rhinehart, Theodore Duncan, and Yvonne Miller

Roberta “Bobby” Rhinehart was a member of the First Negro Classic Ballet and later the New York Negro Ballet. Rhinehart’s repertoire with the company included Harlot’s House (1949) and Pagliacci, among others. The Los Angeles Evening Citizen News described Rhinehart’s “not inconsiderable comedy talents” in a February 1951 performance of Pagliacci.


Vaulted Ambitions: Stories From Where We Were to How We Got Here, Stage Raw
Joseph Rickard papers, Online Archive of California
Negro Ballet Group Lures Large Crowd, Los Angeles Evening Citizen News, Feb 26, 1951

See also:

1946: The First Negro Classic Ballet is Founded
1947: First Negro Classic Ballet Company debuts

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