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.

Source:

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.

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