How did you get started as a dancer?Both my parents came to this country in 1920 and settled in Harlem. My parents did not want me to dance because there were more opportunities to make a living as a secretary. But there were no secretaries of color at that time–in the 1940s. I didn’t have guidance. A young man taught me how to dance in his mother’s living room. We would dance at all the ballrooms, the Audobon, the Savoy. Harlem had a lot of ballrooms and a lot of theaters at that time. [But then] he let me down when he said he was going to go to Europe on tour. Here I was left with no one. [...] I was young and innocent with no direction and no one to guide me. I didn’t know what to do. I wasn’t going to run away from home. I wanted to leave and go to Paris, but I was the youngest of three girls and I was daddy’s little girl. So, I just continued [with dance].