Theodore Crum/Duncan

First Negro Classic Ballet
Ballet Americana/New York Negro Ballet

Yvonne Miller, Ted Crum, and Roberta Rhinehart, the Joseph Rickard Papers. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Crum with Yvonne Miller and Roberta Rhinehart. Photo from the Joseph Rickard Papers, The Huntington Library.
Theodore Crum, later known by his stage name Theodore Duncan, was a member of First Negro Classic Ballet and later Ballet Americana/New York Negro Ballet. FNCB founder Joseph Rickard is said to have discovered Crum in a record shop while purchasing Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.
Crum’s repertoire with First Negro Classic Ballet included the role of an Ugly Sister in Cinderella as well as roles in Harlot’s House, Pagliacci (1949), and Symphonic Etudes. He appeared as a dancer in the film version of Carmen Jones (1954).
After New York Negro Ballet disbanded, there are no further records of Crum.

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