Georgia Collins

New York Negro Ballet
Katherine Dunham Company
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Guest

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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. On March 30, 1958, she performed alongside dancers like Nat Horne, John Jones, Delores Browne, Ronald Platts, Talley Beatty, Charles Moore, and many more in an Alvin Ailey and Ernest Parham recital at the 92nd Street Y.

Collins 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.

Program of 1958 Alvin Ailey & Ernest Parham recital, featuring Collins.

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
Converging Movements: Modern Dance and Jewish Culture at the 92nd Street Y, by Naomi M. Jackson

See also:

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

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