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Betty Jones

(b. 1926)


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(b Meadville, Pa., 1926)

US dancer and educator. She studied with Evelyn Blevins and at Jacob's Pillow with Ted Shawn and Alicia Markova in the 1940s; studied ballet with Maggie Black, Margaret Craske, and Tudor, and modern dance with Hanya Holm, Louis Horst, Humphrey, and Limón. She made her professional debut in a USO tour of the musical Oklahoma! in the South Pacific in 1945 and toured (1946–7) in de Mille's Bloomer Girl. She danced with José Limón's company from 1947 to 1972, where she created her most famous role, Desdemona in his The Moor's Pavane (1949), when she was just 22. She was considered the foremost exponent of the Limón style and created roles in many of his works. She founded her own company, Dances We Dance, with Fritz Ludin, in 1964. She taught extensively in the US and Europe and additionally staged reconstructions of the Humphrey–Limón repertoire.

Subjects: Dance.


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