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About Tap Dancer Mercedes Ellington

A profile and fan site with photos, videos, and biographical information about tap dancer Mercedes Ellington.

NAME: Mercedes Ellington
DATE OF BIRTH: February 9 1939 (some sources say 1949)
PLACE OF BIRTH: New York City, New York, United States
CURRENT HOME: New York, United States
PATERNAL GRANDFATHER: Duke Ellington (bandleader and composer)
MATERNAL GRANDPARENTS: Alfred and Louise Silas
FATHER: Mercer Ellington (died February 8, 1996)
MOTHER: Ruth V. (Silas) Batts aka Ellington (died April 25, 2010)

Mercedes Ellington graduated from the Julliard School in 1960 with a degree in classical and modern dance. Became the first African American member of the Jackie Gleason Show's June Taylor Dancers in 1963.

Videos Featuring mercedes Ellington
- Mercedes Ellington Talks About Her Teacher Zena Rommette
- Remembering Duke Ellington by Mercedes Ellington
- NYU October 18, 2017 Video Interview
- CSU "Mercedes Ellington Tribute" Video
- Mercedes Ellington Day Slide Show: October 22, 2011

Duke Ellington Center for the Arts
Duke Ellington's granddaughter Mercedes Ellington is president of this organization.

Mercedes Ellington to Receive Paul Robeson Award (2007)

Mercedes Ellington to Receive CSU Lifetime Achievement Award (2017)

Mercedes Ellington Keeps in Step at Age 70 (2009)

Mercedes Ellington Planning to Wed Eric Butler(1992)

Performing Arts Database "Mercedes Ellington" Bio (1949 is wrong birth year)

Broadway World "Mercedes Ellington Theater Credits" Article

ATDF "Mercedes Ellington" Hoofer Award Bio

The History Makers "Mercedes Ellington" Bio

Encyclopedia Dot Com "Mercedes Ellington" Article

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