TBT: When Mel Tomlinson Added NYCB to His Stacked Resumé

When Mel Tomlinson made his New York City Ballet debut in November 1981, the then-27-year-old was already a well-known figure to New York audiences. He appeared with Dance Theatre of Harlem beginning in 1974 and, other than a two-year break to join Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, remained an electric presence there until his surprise […]

Give, Take, Show: Remembering Arthur Mitchell

Last Wednesday, Dance Theatre of Harlem co-founder and ballet pioneer Arthur Mitchell died. He was 84 years old and, though vibrant and tenacious as ever, this past year the toll that illness and age were taking on him was visible. In October when he hosted “An Informal Performance on the Art of Dance” to celebrate the donation of […]

Meet 9 DTH Alumni Who Continue to Spread Arthur Mitchell's Legacy

Every member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem family can recite co-founder Arthur Mitchell’s credo, “You represent something larger than yourself.” Whether consciously or not, they all move through the world accordingly. Mitchell often remarked that “I don’t have no dumb dancers,” and he took pride in the fact that after being at DTH, dancers […]

Arthur Mitchell's Memorial Was Both A Homegoing & A Homecoming

On Monday night, a memorial was held at Riverside Church to honor the life and achievements of Dance Theatre of Harlem co-founder Arthur Mitchell. With nearly three months to process and grieve (Mitchell passed away on September 19) the atmosphere was not that of mourning as much as reflection, reverence and admiration for who he […]

Watch: Arthur Mitchell & DTH on "Mister Rogers Neighborhood" (1987)

The late pioneering dancer Arthur Mitchell was an icon in the dance world—as well as a touchstone in popular culture. Not only did he break boundaries at New York City Ballet, where he performed under Balanchine as a black male principal, but he also went on to co-found Dance Theatre of Harlem. But his international […]

Op-Ed: Dance Theatre of Harlem Was My Wakanda

Recently, I went to see Black Panther. When the aircraft penetrated the invisible force-field cloaking the fictional African nation of Wakanda—a country unmolested by European colonization, one that is powerful, prosperous, thriving and the most technologically advanced society in the world—I literally gasped. Evan Narcisse, a pop culture critic who co-writes “The Rise of the […]

The 4 Life Lessons Balanchine Taught His Male Dancers

After 50 years, George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet male dancers—Jacques d’Amboise, Edward Villella and Arthur Mitchell—were reunited. The one-night-only event at the National Dance Institute in New York City (founded by d’Amboise in 1976) provided a rare glimpse of what it was like to work with Mr. B. during ballet’s golden years at NYCB. […]

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