James Thurston

New York Negro Ballet/Ballet Americana
Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Dance Theatre of Harlem

From left to right: Paul Blakey, James Thurston, Louise Naughton, Terry Thomas, and Graham Goodbody in Opus 65, Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Photo by Martha Swope, via Centennial Concert Hall.
Before joining the Dance Theatre of Harlem, James Thurston was a member of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Canada’s oldest ballet company, and the New York Negro Ballet, which was known as Ballet Americana during his time, ca. 1959.
Thurston was in the original DTH casts of Arthur Mitchell’s Spiritual Suite (1970) and Fun and Games (1971).
Thurston was also a member of George Faison’s company ca. 1974.
In 1975, he was an original cast member, assistant choreographer, and dance captain for the Broadway show Treemonisha.

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