Lavinia Williams-Yarborough


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(b Philadelphia, Pa., 2 Jul. 1926; d Haiti, 19 Jul. 1989)

US dancer and teacher. She studied with Sokolow, Lisan Kay, and at the Graham school and danced with Eugene von Grona's Negro Ballet (1937–9). In 1940 she danced with Ballet Theatre in de Mille's Obeah as well as appearing in musicals and films. In 1953 she went to Haiti where she remained until 1980, helping to found various institutions including the National School of Dance and the National Dance Troupe of Jamaica, as well as the Haitian Institute of Folklore and Classic Dance. She taught and choreographed widely in the W. Indies and Europe, returning to the US in 1980 where she taught at Ailey's school and her own Brooklyn-based school (1983). She returned to Haiti in the mid-1980s. She was the mother of the dancer Sarah Yarborough.

Subjects: Dance.

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