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Donald McKayle

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Original Broadway Production, 1957

Original Broadway Production, 1950


Dancing Ensemble

Donald McKayle Productions

[Broadway, 1999]
[Off-Broadway, 1999]
[Broadway, 1981]
[Regional (US), 1980]
[US Tour, 1975]
[Broadway, 1975]
[Broadway, 1973]
[Broadway, 1968]
[Broadway, 1966]
[Broadway, 1964]
[Broadway, 1961]
[Broadway, 1959]
Associate Choreographer


Donald McKayle Awards and Nominations

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1981 - Best Choreography

Donald McKayle, Sophisticated Ladies

Tony Awards - 1981 - Best Choreography

Donald McKayle, Sophisticated Ladies

Tony Awards - 1965 - Best Choreography

Donald McKayle, Golden Boy

Donald McKayle Videos

Donald McKayle News

Rogue Wave to Present BOUQUET at The Tank

Don't miss the captivating contemporary dance performance of BOUQUET by rogue wave at The Tank. Get your tickets now for the shows on October 6, 7, 8, and 11th.

Jacob's Pillow Reveals Artists and Schedule of Events For 10 Pillow Lab Residencies

Get the latest updates on Jacob's Pillow Lab Residencies, including the artists involved and the schedule of events. Find out more about this exciting opportunity for dance artists to develop and showcase their work at Jacob's Pillow.

Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart to Return to Jacob's Pillow in July

In the third week of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2023, Germany-based Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart will return to Jacob’s Pillow, July 12-16.

Martha Graham Dance Company to Present GRAHAM100, A Three-Season 100th Anniversary Celebration

The Martha Graham Dance Company will present GRAHAM100—The First and The Future, a three-season 100th anniversary celebration of Martha Graham’s work and legacy to begin September 2023 and continue throughout 2026.

Ballet Tech's KIDS DANCE to Return to The Joyce This Summer

Ballet Tech’s Kids Dance will return to The Joyce Theater June 8-11 following an acclaimed production last year.


Dancer/choreographer Clymene Aldinger announces her company CLYMOVE's spring season May 26 & 27, presenting Time Signatures, an evening of nine contemporary dance pieces, all choreographed by Aldinger, and consisting of a series of solos, trios, and quartets, performed by four outstanding dancers whose divergent and contrasting life experiences celebrate the Company's individual uniqueness and shared humanity. 

Gibney Presents The World Premiere Of BEAUTY HAPPENS By Falcon Dance, June 8- 10

Gibney, the New York City based dance and social justice organization, will present the world premiere of Beauty Happens by Falcon Dance June 8-10.

JOURNEY Comes to RDT's Ring Around The Rose

RDT's Ring Around the Rose season continues with another unforgettable, interactive experience with REPERTORY DANCE THEATRE on April 8 in the Leona Wagner Black Box Theatre.

Repertory Dance Theatre Presents FLIGHT Next Month

 Repertory Dance Theatre, the nation's premiere modern dance repertory company, is set to close its 57th season this April with FLIGHT. A choreographic response to Utah's landscape, FLIGHT features choreography by Zvi Gotheiner, José Limón, and Donald McKayle.

Jacob's Pillow Announces 2023 Dance Festival, Featuring Nine Weeks of Performances This Summer

Following a milestone anniversary year, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival will celebrate its 91st season this summer.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre's Cultural Awareness Highlights World Premieres and Timeless Classics by Master Choreographers

Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) celebrates Black History Month by performing works that share slices of life, culture, and history in its Cultural Awareness Performance Series. The performances feature two world premieres by Gregory Dolbashian and Sean J. Smith and two modern dance classics by master choreographers Donald McKayle and Matthew Rushing.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre Presents Four World Premieres and Timeless Classics This Spring

Dallas Black Dance Theatre's 46th Season spring performances feature four world premieres and timeless classics from choreographers Donald McKayle, Chanel DaSilva, Gregory Dolbashian, and DBDT's own Sean J. Smith and McKinley Willis.

Video: Broadway's Deanna Doyle Dances THE NUTCRACKER's Dew Drop On Film

Professional ballet dancer and Broadway actress Deanna Doyle (former Meg Giry in Phantom of the Opera and Astaire Award nominee for Tuck Everlasting) stars in a newly released short dance film in which she dances the role of the Dew Drop Fairy in 'Waltz of the Flowers' from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite. Watch the video here!

Jacob's Pillow to Rebuild Theatre Destroyed in Fire

After the tragic loss of the Doris Duke Theatre to a fire in November 2020, Jacob’s Pillow has announced that the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has awarded a $10 million grant —the largest received in Jacob’s Pillow’s 90-year history—toward the building of a new, reimagined Doris Duke Theatre, slated to open in 2025.

Jacob's Pillow Announces Upcoming Digital Releases, Featuring On Demand World Premiere Performance Streams

Jacob's Pillow has announced “Jacob's Pillow On Demand,” an array of new digital offerings that will premiere this fall through spring 2023, marking the next stage in the company's development as a year-round crossroads for dance presentation, creation, education, and preservation, both in-person and online.


Unavailable Memory: In Conversation with Cunningham & Cage is an evening of dance and music presenting Merce Cunningham's Totem Ancestor (1942) and Loops (1971) and six piano compositions by John Cage.

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Hustle At The Pillow, and More In Week 9 Of Jacob's PIllow Dance Festival 2022

Returning to Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival for the first time since 2002, Denver-based modern dance company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, will perform in the Ted Shawn Theatre from Aug. 17-21, with pieces enriched in emotion, femininity, war, race, and elegance.

Limón Dance Company Celebrates Its 75th Anniversary During The Fifth Week Of Festival 2022

Limón Dance Company will celebrate part of its 75th anniversary season at the Pillow in the fifth week of Festival 2022 from July 20-24. The program will feature works by Limón, Doris Humphrey, and Olivier Taparga. In addition, Music From The Sole will perform tap's afro-diasporic roots on the Henry J. Leir stage from Wednesday through Sunday.

SW!NG OUT to be Presented in Week 3 of Jacob's Pillow's Festival 2022

In the third week of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2022, audiences in the Ted Shawn Theatre will be treated to live music and the best of the swing dance world in SW!NG OUT. Also in Week 3, JazzAntiqua Dance & Music Ensemble, Prakriti Dance, Bill Shannon, and The New York Korean Performing Arts Center will take to the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage.

World Premiere of THE EQUALITY OF NIGHT AND DAY & More to Take the Stage at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Week 2

Ronald K. Brown / EVIDENCE will return to Jacob’s Pillow in Week 2 of the Dance Festival this year from June 29-July 3. The company will perform several works, including the world premiere of The Equality of Night and Day, with noted jazz composer Jason Moran playing live for each performance.


Donald McKayle has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

Donald McKayle has not appeared in the West End

Donald McKayle has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. He received nominations for Best Choreography at the Outer Critics Circle Awards and the Tony Awards for his work on "Sophisticated Ladies." He also received a nomination for Best Choreography at the Tony Awards for "Raisin." In addition, McKayle was nominated for Best Direction of a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Raisin." Lastly, he received a nomination for Best Choreography at the Tony Awards for "Golden Boy."

Donald McKayle has won the Best Choreography award at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for his work on the Broadway show "Sophisticated Ladies".

Donald McKayle has written 1 shows including Sophisticated Ladies (Conceiver).

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