Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) was co-founded in 1969 by then-New York City Ballet’s first African-American principal dancer, Arthur Mitchell, and his colleague and acclaimed ballet instructor, Karel Shook. Moved to action by the assassination of civil rights leader Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., they sought to establish a center for excellence in classical dance instruction for the young people in Mitchell’s childhood neighborhood of Harlem. From these modest beginnings, Dance Theatre of Harlem rapidly grew to become a national and international cultural ambassador for American dance.
Dance Theatre of Harlem's unique legacy is three-fold. As the first permanent black ballet company in America, the organization has been distinguished by its artistic excellence, innovation, and history of having broadened and enriched the aesthetic parameters of the classical dance field within the United States. Over its 50-year history, DTH has performed in 250 cities in North America, in 44 states, and in 41 countries on 6 continents, inspiring diverse audiences with its vitality and expressive power. It has not only brought its fusion of ballet, modern and African-American dance to every corner of the United States, from local schools to The White House, it has carried the best of American culture to the rest of the world. In 1992, DTH marked the end of the U.S. boycott of South Africa and the fall of apartheid with its “Dancing Through Barriers” tour, during which Nelson Mandela declared, “this is one of the most delightful evenings I have enjoyed. I have forgotten all the troubles I have had in my life.” In 1999, in recognition of this commendable, multi-faceted legacy, Dance Heritage Coalition (DHC) and the Library of Congress elected Dance Theatre of Harlem to the list of “America’s 100 Irreplaceable Dance Treasures.”
This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
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