From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

McNari, Jewel K.

(born: 1904  -  died: 1982) 

McNari grew up in Louisville, KY. She taught school for 20 years and was also a ballet dancer. In 1932, she opened the Jewel K. McNari School of Dance in Louisville where children learned ballet, tap, and interpretive dance. Some of her students went on to become well-known dancers. The school closed in 1975. For more see The Courier Journal (Louisville), News, 2 July 03; SR84 [Word doc.]; and Kentucky Minority Artists Directory, 1982.

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: Courier-Journal [Louisville] (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Kentucky minority artists directory, 1982

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“McNari, Jewel K.,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed March 20, 2023,

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