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Arthur Mitchell

Arthur Mitchell (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