October 13, 2018, 8:00 pm at The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA
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; andProvide arts education, community outreach, and positive role models for all.The Company is a racially diverse, 16-member professional dance ensemble that tours across national and international stages. The DTH Company has performed in 41 countries on six continents, in 44 states, and more than 250 cities across North America. Last year alone, the Company performed for nearly 60,000 audience members across the U.S. and reached more than 6,000 during its Home Season at New York City Center. 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.The DTH School provides classical ballet and dance training to children and youth from ages three to 18. Cultivating an expectation and spirit of excellence, the School invests in providing high-quality training while ensuring that students of diverse backgrounds feel inspired and supported. Within the walls of DTH, students can feel physically and emotionally safe and are encouraged to explore their greatest potential as artists.Like the School and Company, DTH's Community Programs address the unique experience of artists of color and provide a forum where experiences of race and culture can be studied, expressed, experienced and discussed. DTH's community offerings include its flagship Dancing Through Barriers(r) arts-in-education program, master classes, a Sunday Matinee concert series, open rehearsals and work-in-progress showings that provide insights into the creative process.