Georgia Collins

New York Negro Ballet
Katherine Dunham Company

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Georgia Collins studied at the School of American Ballet in New York, NY along with Barbara Wright and Michaelyn Jackson. Collins became a member of the New York Negro Ballet and toured with the company throughout England, Wales, and Scotland. Collins was said to be a “sensuous dancer.” She later performed with Katherine Dunham’s company and toured with an early version of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She appeared at Jacob’s Pillow with a group led by Talley Beatty in 1960 in a piece called The Road of the Phoebe Show, choreographed by Beatty. She was in the original 1962 cast of Ailey’s Been Here and Gone and also performed work by Louis Johnson. In a 2018 Ballet Review interview, Johnson listed Collins as one of the remarkable Black dancers who preceded those of Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Sources:

Before the Dance Theatre of Harlem: Delores Browne—Black Ballerina, Columbia University Libraries
Dancing Many Drums: Excavations In African American Dance, Thomas F. Defrantz
Talley Beatty, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive
A Conversation with Louis Johnson, Ballet Review
Dancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey’s Embodiment of African American Culture, Thomas D. Defrantz

See also:

Ward Flemying founds Ballet Americana/New York Negro Ballet, MoBBallet

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