Music: Little Primitive

Seven years ago, a squat, powerful Negro girl named Pearl Primus, who had just graduated in biology from Manhattan's Hunter College, was ringing doorbells in search of a laboratory job. She did not find the job, but she walked into an NYA group that started her dancing. Last week, at the University of the Dance at rustic Jacob's Pillow, Mass., where Pearl Primus was a guest artist, students saw one of the U.S.'s most spectacular dancers in terrific action.

Stomping Dignity. Pearl Primus is no filmy ballerina. Her forte is force. Says she: "My...

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