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Dance Theatre of Harlem Founders’ Week: Feb 8 - 14, 2020

Dance Theatre of Harlem Founders’ Week: Feb 8 - 14, 2020


Dance Theatre of Harlem


Zoom / Youtube / Online


Monday, February 8, 2021 - 6:30pm daily through February 14, 2021



Dance Theatre of Harlem

Dance Theatre of Harlem Founders’ Week

February 8th – 14th, 2021

Fifty-two years ago Arthur Mitchell and master teacher Karel Shook co-founded Dance Theatre of Harlem to challenge perceptions and create new opportunities. 

DTH celebrates its ongoing commitment to access, opportunity and excellence, with a week of events hosted by and highlighting current company artists and notable alumni, honoring the founders, and commemorating the February 11, 1969 founding of Dance Theatre of Harlem.


Monday, February 8

FREE Adult Open Class: Ballet Barre & Basics with Company Artist Sanford Placide
on Zoom


Tuesday, February 9

5:30pm | Winterside Chat
Dancing The Works of Arthur Mitchell: 
A Conversation About Tones
Moderator: Robert Garland, DTH School Director on Zoom

FREE Adult Open Class: Modern - Horton Technique with Company Artist Anthony Santos
on YouTube


Wednesday, February 10

FREE Adult Open Class: Ballet for Everyone with Company Artist Crystal Serrano
on Zoom


Thursday, February 11 - FOUNDERS' DAY

5:30pm | Winterside Chat
The Legacy of DTH Co-founder Karel Shook
Moderator: DTH Alumna Joselli Audain Deans, Ed. D. on Zoom

FREE Adult Open Class: Umfundalai African Dance with Erin Bryce Holmes, M.S., LCAT, BC-DMT
on Zoom


Saturday, February 13

Ballet Master Class with former DTH Company Artist & Washington Ballet Company Member Ashley Murphy-Wilson, on Zoom

To acknowledge the Company’s longstanding connection to Washington, D.C. and the cultural community, students from Dance Institute of Washington, The Jones-Haywood Dance School, Washington Ballet, City Dance and other Washington, D.C.-based students will be invited to participate.

The Legacy of Arthur Mitchell: Dance Theatre of Harlem in Washington, D.C. 

Join us for a panel discussion about the history of Black dance in Washington, D.C., the impact of DTH on the Washington, D.C. community and the legacy of Mr. Mitchell’s Residency Program at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts featuring:

  • Sandra Fortune-Green (Artistic Director, Jones-Haywood Dance School)
  • Jeanette McCune (Director of School and Community Programs, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts)
  • Donna Walker-Kuhne (President, Walker International Communications Groups, Inc.) 
  • Ashanté Green (School Director, Dance Institute of Washington)

Moderated by Robert Garland, DTH Resident Choreographer and School Director

On Zoom, registration is required and to be announced


Sunday, February 14

Sunday Matinée: Join us for an inspiring afternoon of artistry as we close out our Founders’ Week Celebration, honoring Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook. 

Hosted by Karen Brown, Former Principal Ballerina with DTH, Founder, En Pointe Plus Dance Mastery Institute and current Assistant Professor of Dance for The Conservatory @ UMKC

Performances by the DTH Company, Juilliard Dance, Collage Dance Collective, Pianist Kyle P. Walker, Mezzo-Soprano Patrice Eaton and Poet Roya Marsh

On Zoom / Tickets: $7




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