Dance Legend Arthur Mitchell Returns to Russia
For Arthur Mitchell, Co-Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of the
celebrated Dance Theatre of Harlem, the adventure continues and
the beat goes on. After 50 years, Mr. Mitchell is returning to Russia
for an encore performance.
Arthur Mitchell is the first African-American principal dancer with the
New York City Ballet who became a celebrated protégé of George
Balanchine and is recognized as a MacArthur Fellow; a Kennedy
Center Honoree; an inductee into the National Museum of Dance's
Hall of Fame, among others.
Following his Russian début in 1962, Mr. Mitchell is traveling to
Moscow and St. Petersburg where he has been invited to be a
featured speaker in the “American Seasons” program of the
U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission. Additionally,
Mr. Mitchell will be honored as the sole American Juror at the
prestigious XI International Ballet Festival DANCE OPEN,
April 12 -17 in St. Petersburg.
Dance Theatre of Harlem is the country's most renowned
African-American classical ballet school and dance company
where, for more than four decades, Mr. Mitchell inspired and
choreographed grace, poise and confidence to thousands of
gifted and aspiring students.
At the same time, Mitchell successfully commanded the respect
of distinguished civic and business leaders, government officials
and international audiences. His lifelong mission of promoting
cultural enrichment has been dramatically communicated through
classic and neo-classic ballet, equal rights and the benefits of
Additionally, the Russian Residency Program will feature former principal
dancers with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Homer Hans Bryant and Lorraine
Elizabeth Graves, each acclaimed dance artist will participate in leading
various activities throughout the Program.