Candace Caldwell

New York Negro Ballet

Caldwell on the cover of Jet Magazine’s April 1958 issue
Candace Caldwell, a native New Yorker, was an original member of Ward Fleming’s New York Negro Ballet. She toured with the company through England, Scotland, and Wales and was a student at New York’s Ballet Theatre. At 20 years old, Caldwell appeared on the cover of the April 1958 issue of Jet Magazine, featured as one of the up-and-coming Black ballet dancers finding work in interracial companies. She appeared with Talley Beatty and Company in The Road of the Phoebe Show at Jacob’s Pillow in 1960 and in the original Broadway cast of The Happiest Girl in the World in 1961. Caldwell was said to be “very pretty and [to have] a ‘spirited attack.’”
Caldwell with Louis Johnson and unidentified dancer.

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