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Pull out your pointe shoes and tutus ladies, Black Ballerinas are coming your way soon!
In 2004, the dance world was shocked when Dance Theater of Harlem (DTH) announced they would be shutting down their touring company. The legendary ballet company, founded my Arthur Mitchell in 1969, was the first of its kind, featuring Black dancers in classical ballet roles. After years of global success, financials struggles forced the dance institution to suspend it’s company while it focused on it’s school programs, fundraising and rebuilding.
Under the direction of founding member and former principal dancer, Virgina Johnson, DTH is poised to take the stage with the first official touring company since the relaunch of the Dance Theater Of Harlem Ensemble in 2008.
In March, DTH raised over $600,000 at a fundraiser held in New York City honoring Vanessa Williams. Honorary co-chair Chelsea Clinton was amongst the numerous donors in attendance who celebrated the joyous relaunch of the beloved dance group.
We can’t wait to see the new DTH on tour. For more information go to http://www.dancetheatreofharlem.org/
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