Dance Theatre of Harlem is one of New York City’s legendary Ballet companies.
The first Black Classical Ballet company was founded by Arthur Mitchell in 1971. He was New York City Ballet’s first African American principal dancer. Mitchell was a Balanchine protege. The two seemed to inspire each other. So Dance Theatre of Harlem is Balanchine Technique along with New York City Ballet, Washington Ballet and Miami City Ballet.
The Company is mostly African American and American Latin, but has wonderful Brazilian, Cuban, and Haitian dancers. 🇧🇷🇨🇺🇭🇹🇺🇸
Dance Theatre of Harlem News
March 31, 2022
City Center Dance Festival
Dance Theatre of Harlem at the 1st City Center Dance Festival presents two programs that include the NY premieres of “Higher Ground” and an extended “Balamouk” by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa at New York City Center in Midtown, Fri-Sun, Apr 8-10. From $35. nycitycenter.org 🇧🇷🇨🇴🇨🇺🇭🇹🇺🇸
Dance Theatre of Harlem Tickets
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Dance Theatre of Harlem
466 West 152nd St
(between Amsterdam & Convent Ave)
Hamilton Heights, Manhattan
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Dance Theatre of Harlem is a Ballet Company that Keeps Rising
The first Black classical ballet company was co-founded by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook. Mitchell was inspired to found Dance Theatre of Harlem by the death of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mitchell danced through barriers and wanted to give other kids from his neighborhood the same opportunities.
Mitchell was New York City Ballet’s first African-American dancer (1956-1968). He was the world’s first Black international ballet star. Mitchell is remembered for his dancing in Balanchine’s “Agon” and as Puck in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
Shook danced with Ballet Russe de Monte-Carlo, on Broadway, and with New York City Ballet. Mitchell, Alvin Ailey, Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder were all Shook students.
These are important connections to George Balanchine, one of the founding fathers of ballet in the United States. Not everybody is able to dance Balanchine well, but Dance Theatre of Harlem can. It’s in the direct line.
Dance Theatre of Harlem debuted in 1971 at the Guggenheim Museum. Both Balanchine and Jerome Robbins helped create repertoire. Robbins loved African-American dance traditions. You can see it in his choreography, especially on Broadway.
A Touring Company and Ballet School
Dance Theatre of Harlem is a touring company and a ballet school. It also does important arts education and community outreach.
Ballet teaches more than dance. It teaches respect, discipline, health and poise. Whether you become a professional dancer or not, these skills will serve you for your entire life.
- Yinet Fernandez is from Mariano’ La Habana, Cuba. 🇨🇺
- Sanford Placide is from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. 🇭🇹
- Anthony Santos is from New York City. 🇺🇸
- Dylan Santos is from São Paulo, Brazil. 🇧🇷
- Crystal Serrano is from Denver, Colorado. 🇺🇸
- Ingrid Silva is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 🇧🇷
A Home for Caribbean Creole Culture
Caribbean Creole culture of Haiti, Trinidad and New Orleans is not well understood in the United States, even though it is one of the taproots of a lot of African American culture and Latin culture.
Creole in the Caribbean is mostly African-French. Ballet is an Italian court dance that was developed in France. Very few companies can tell Creole stories the way Dance Theatre of Harlem can.
One of the company’s most popular ballets is Geoffrey Holder’s “Dougla.” It’s a wedding ballet and costume pageant set in Trinidad’s African-South Asian community. That’s another golden thread in the rich quilt of diversity that is African-American culture today.
Previously at Dance Theatre of Harlem
Dance Theatre of Harlem does pop-up performances inspired by Yayoi Kusama’s sculptures in the Kusama garden at the NY Botanical Garden in The Bronx, Sat-Sun, Oct 16-17 from 2-5pm. From $25 nybg.org 🇧🇷🇨🇺🇭🇹🇺🇸
Tuesday-Saturday, August 17-21, 2021
Workshops 4pm, Shows 7:30pm
ONLINE Through August 2, 2020
PREMIERE Sat, July 25 at 8pm
TALKS & WORKSHOPS
Wed-Sat, July 22-25, 2020
DTH SOCIAL CHANNELS
Sunday, November 10, 2019
HARLEM, NYC ~ The DTH School, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Evidence bring ballet to the community at the Dance Theatre of Harlem studios
Wed-Sat, Apr 10, 12, 13, 2019
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ New York City’s African-American classical ballet company honors founder Arthur Mitchell (1934-2018) at New York City Center
Wed-Sat, April 4, 6, 7, 2018
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ Amazing African-American, Brazilian & Puerto Rican dancers at New York City Center