(dancer, born 1934, New York, New York)
"The myth was that because you were black that you could not do classical
dance. I proved that to be wrong." By destroying that myth, Arthur Mitchell
has changed the way in which our country and the world look at an art
form. In the process, he has also given a whole community and a couple
of generations of young people immense pride and self-respect, while building
the dance company described in The New York Times as "one of
the dance world's more visionary experiments"--Dance Theatre of Harlem.
A pivotal figure in the dance world for more than three decades and
a self-described "political activist through dance," Mitchell's success
was not guaranteed.
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Artistic Director Arthur Mitchell on the effect an artist can have
Artistic Director Arthur Mitchell recalls the founding of Dance Theater of Harlem