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Chapter 15: Black Women in Concert Dance: The Philadelphia Divas

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Black Women in Concert Dance: The Philadelphia Divas
Black women in concert dance: The Philadelphia divas
MelanyeWhite-Dixon

This chapter will present profiles of four African-American women dancers who established careers as performing artists between 1950 and 1980: Judith Jamison (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre), Delores Brown Abelson (New York Negro Ballet), China White [formerly Melva Murray White] (Dance Theatre of Harlem), and Donna Lowe Warren (Philadelphia Grand Opera Company). All were trained by Marion Cuyjet at the Judimar School in Black Philadelphia. They took advantage of the opportunities that emerged because of the pioneering work of Marion Cuyjet, Katherine Dunham, and Pearl Primus and became members of an elite group of Black female dancers who achieved noteworthy status in the concert dance world.

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