Dance Legend Arthur Mitchell Returns to Russia
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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.


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