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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Ballet Dancer
Dance Instructor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Yogurt, Strawberries, Oatmeal
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Oceans
Favorite Quote:
The Greatest Reward Comes From The Greatest Commitment.

Birthplace

Born:
3/2/1951
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Ballet Dancer
Dance Instructor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Yogurt, Strawberries, Oatmeal
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Oceans
Favorite Quote:
The Greatest Reward Comes From The Greatest Commitment.

Birthplace

Born:
3/2/1951
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Prima ballerina Sandra Fortune-Green was born on March 2, 1951 in Washington, D.C. to Elizabeth and Raymond Fortune. Fortune-Green began her dance career at age ten, enrolling in the renowned Jones-Haywood School of Dance under the instruction of Doris Jones and Claire Haywood. Fortune-Green flourished at the school, eventually becoming a principal dancer for the Capitol Ballet Company.

After Fortune-Green graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1968, she pursued her dance studies in New York at the School of American Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre, and the Joffrey Ballet, before settling back in Washington, D.C. to attend Howard University. In 1972, Fortune-Green left Howard to begin training for the prestigious Second International Ballet Competition in Moscow, Russia. She was the only African American to ever compete in this competition. Fortune-Green was eliminated after the second round of judging, but finished twenty-sixth out of the 126 dancers participating. After returning to the United States, Fortune-Green married her high school sweetheart, Joseph Green, on New Year’s Eve of 1975.

In 1987, Fortune-Green earned a Washington, D.C. Mayor’s Arts Award presented by Marion Barry, and in 1994, she was invited to join the faculty at Howard University’s dance department, where she taught ballet technique classes. Fortune Green also is on the dance faculty at the Duke Ellington School of Arts, a position she has held for more than thirty years. In 2007, Fortune-Green became the new owner of the Jones-Haywood School of Dance, the same studio she attended throughout her adolescence and early adulthood. Years earlier, Jones and Haywood stated in a 1974 interview that they hoped Fortune-Green would continue their legacy.

Fortune-Green has been widely recognized for her efforts within the performing arts, including a designation as an outstanding alumnus from Howard University. Fortune-Green was also featured in two major publications, Black Dance from 1619 to Today by Lynne Fauley Emery and The Black Tradition in Dance by Richard Long.

Sandra Fortune-Green was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 23, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Sandra Fortune-Green lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Sandra Fortune-Green describes her mother's sisters
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Sandra Fortune-Green describes her maternal grandparents, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Sandra Fortune-Green describes her maternal grandparents, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Sandra Fortune-Green describes her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Sandra Fortune-Green describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Sandra Fortune-Green recalls her neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Sandra Fortune-Green remembers the segregation of Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Sandra Fortune-Green describes her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Sandra Fortune-Green talks about her family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Sandra Fortune-Green describes her mother's interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sandra Fortune-Green recalls her start at the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sandra Fortune-Green remembers seeing the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sandra Fortune-Green recalls performing with the Bolshoi Ballet
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Sandra Fortune-Green remembers learning to dance on pointe
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Sandra Fortune-Green describes her peers at the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Sandra Fortune-Green recalls receiving criticism at the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Sandra Fortune-Green remembers her early performances at the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Sandra Fortune-Green describes Doris Jones' style of instruction
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Sandra Fortune-Green remembers Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Sandra Fortune-Green describes the black ballet community in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Sandra Fortune-Green remembers the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Sandra Fortune-Green describes her teachers at the School of American Ballet in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Sandra Fortune-Green remembers the culture of the School of American Ballet
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Sandra Fortune-Green recalls her summers in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Sandra Fortune-Green remembers her influences as a dancer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Sandra Fortune-Green reflects upon her dance training
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Sandra Fortune-Green talks about racial discrimination in ballet
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Sandra Fortune-Green remembers training in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Sandra Fortune-Green describes her peers' economic background
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Sandra Fortune-Green recalls her decision to attend college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Sandra Fortune-Green remembers performing with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Sandra Fortune-Green recalls training for the Second International Ballet Competition
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Sandra Fortune-Green talks about the pressure to lose weight in ballet
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Sandra Fortune-Green recalls training for the Second International Ballet Competition
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Sandra Fortune-Green remembers partnering with Clover Mathis
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Sandra Fortune-Green recalls auditioning for the Second International Ballet Competition
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Sandra Fortune-Green recalls her experiences at the Second International Ballet Competition
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Sandra Fortune-Green recalls the Sixth International Ballet Competition
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Sandra Fortune-Green remembers meeting her husband
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Sandra Fortune-Green describes the Seventh International Ballet Competition
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Sandra Fortune-Green describes her transition to dance instruction
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Sandra Fortune-Green recalls Claire Haywood's death
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Sandra Fortune-Green recalls integration of the Capitol Ballet Company
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Sandra Fortune-Green recalls her audiences in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Sandra Fortune-Green remembers Mayor Marion Barry's support for the arts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Sandra Fortune-Green recalls dancing with the Washington Ballet Company
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Sandra Fortune-Green recalls acceptance at the Washington Ballet Company
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Sandra Fortune-Green recalls teaching at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Sandra Fortune-Green remembers her mother's death
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Sandra Fortune-Green remembers her father's death
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Sandra Fortune-Green recalls the 1988 benefit performance of Capitol Ballet
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Sandra Fortune-Green recalls her aneurysm
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Sandra Fortune-Green recalls her aneurysm recovery
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Sandra Fortune-Green describes her daughter's career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Sandra Fortune-Green reflects upon her career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Sandra Fortune-Green reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Sandra Fortune-Green reflects upon her future
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Sandra Fortune-Green narrates her photographs