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Dance Theatre of Harlem Lecture/Demonstration
April 26, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm$5.00 – $8.00
DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM (DTH) was founded in 1969 by the legendary Arthur Mitchell and his former teacher, the late Karel Shook, with the primary goal of providing access to the art form of classical ballet to people of all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. DTH quickly grew into a globally-acclaimed dance institution that has occupied a distinguished place in New York City’s cultural landscape and at the forefront of American artistic achievement for 49 years.
Located on a block officially named “Dance Theatre of Harlem Way” in testament to its enduring legacy, DTH now comprises a professional touring Company, a school, and a broad range of community programs. Under the leadership of Virginia Johnson, a former prima ballerina with the Company who was appointed Artistic Director in 2010, the DTH mission has been revitalized to:
– Present a Company of African American and racially diverse artists who perform the most demanding repertory at the highest level of quality;
– Maintain a world-class school that trains young people in classical ballet and allied arts; and
– Provide arts education, community outreach, and positive role models for all.
Focused on a future that is characterized by expansion and engagement, the Company brings together artists from various dance styles and disciplines (e.g. music, fashion) to create new works that influence and enhance the ballet art form. Committed to cultivating a community for dancers, choreographers, and other artists, the DTH Company also serves as a pipeline for talent and an ambassador for connection on a local, national, and global level.
At this event, local school groups and youth are invited to a lecture demonstration with Dance Theatre of Harlem, featuring classical ballet and explanations of the basics of the dance technique. A Q&A with the audience is included.