Anne Jones

Negro Unit of Ballet Theatre

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Born in 1905, Anne Jones was a member of the Negro Unit of Ballet Theatre and was a part of the original cast of Agnes de Mille’s Black Ritual. Jones’ teachers included Alexandre Gavrilov (Ballets Russes), Ted Shawn, and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. She taught at and ran a dance school in Harlem before and after performing in Black Ritual; Lena Horne was a student of this school.

Jones passed away in 2001.

*Please note that some sources have listed Jones’ first name as “Ann.”


Black Ritual (Obeah), American Ballet Theatre
Maher, Erin K. “Ballet, Race, and Agnes de Mille’s Black Ritual.” The Musical Quarterly, vol. 97, no. 3, Fall 2014, pp. 390-428.

See also:

1940: Negro Unit of Ballet Theatre is Founded

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