Skip to main content

Talley Beatty


Talley Beatty (1918-1995), of Chicago became a principal dancer with the Katherine Dunham Company at age 16. After touring with the Dunham Company for five years and appearing in film and Broadway shows such as Cabin in the Sky, Pins and Needles, and Blue Holiday, Mr. Beatty formed his own company and toured throughout Europe, the US and Canada.   As part of his choreographing for Broadway, he was nominated for a 1977 Tony Award as Best Choreographer for Your Arm's Too Short to Box with God.  Dance companies around the world have mounted his ballets, including Dance Theatre of Harlem, Bat-Sheva Company, Koln Opera Ballet Company, Boston Ballet, Stockholm Dance Theatre and Ballet Hispanico.  Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has performed a number of his major works, including The Road of the Phoebe Snow (1959), Come and Get the Beauty of it Hot (1960), Stack-Up (1982) and Blueshift (1983).