Yvonne McDowell

New York Negro Ballet

Yvonne McDowell after returning to New York from the UK. Photo by James Samuels via The New York Age.
Photo via The New York Age. Ward Fleming (left) and Yvonne McDowell (right).

Yvonne McDowell, a New York native, studied at the Ballet Theatre School and the Joffrey School. She joined New York Negro Ballet at age 15. McDowell was described as a “powerhouse of a dancer.” The New York Age described her as “pretty and talented.”

She completed suicide at 23 years old.


Dancing Many Drums: Excavations In African American Dance, Thomas F. Defrantz
The New York Age, November 30, 1957
Ballet Troupe Sails, The New York Age, August 10, 1957

See also:

1957: Ward Fleming founds Ballet Americana/New York Negro Ballet

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