Dance Moves: An African American Ballet Company in Postwar Los Angeles

  title={Dance Moves: An African American Ballet Company in Postwar Los Angeles},
  author={Kenneth H. Marcus},
  journal={Pacific Historical Review},
  • K. Marcus
  • Published 1 August 2014
  • History, Art
  • Pacific Historical Review
This article argues that a group of young African Americans in the 1940s and 1950s used ballet as a means of crossing racial and class barriers of an art form in which few blacks had until then participated. Founded in 1946 by white choreographer Joseph Rickard (1918–1994), the First Negro Classic Ballet was one of the first African American ballet companies in the country9s history and the first black ballet company known to last over a decade. With the goal of multiethnic cooperation in the… 
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