- (edtf) 1939-02-09
- (naf) New York (N.Y.)
- (naf) United States
- Organization: (naf) Juilliard School
- Organization: (naf) New York City Opera
- Organization: (naf) Alvin Ailey American Dance Center
- Organization: June Taylor Dancers
- Organization: BalleTap, USA
- Organization: DancEllington, Inc.
- (lcsh) Choreographers
- (lcsh) Teachers
- found: *MGZA Dance magazine. Mar 1981, p 56.
- found: African American National Biography, accessed January 17, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Ellington, Mercedes; choreographer/ dance director, dance teacher, dancer; born 09 February 1939 in New York, New York, United States; completed a degree in modern and classical dance at Juilliard in New York (1960); entered show business as one of the June Taylor Dancers (1963); performedat the New York City Opera and taught tap dancing for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center (1977); artistic director of the BalleTap, USA, incorporated into DancEllington, Inc. (1984-1992); debuted at Carnegie Hall and Metropolitan Opera House (1999, 2002); choreographed the plays Juba, Sophisticated Ladies, and Play On!, of the Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library collection; honors include, Woman of the Year award by the Pajama Program and the Boys' Towns of Italy, Inc., nomination for the Helen Hayes Award from the Washington Theater Award Society (2001), a Barrymore Award nomination (2006) at the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia)
[Data contributed by the Dance Heritage Coalition for the New York Public Library Dance Collection.]
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