Arthur Mitchell, Pioneering Black Ballet Dancer, Dies at 84

Black Voice News highlights the legacy of Arthur Mitchell, who broke barriers for African-Americans as a ballet dancer and who would go on to become a driving force in the creation of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, has died. He was 84. Born in Harlem in 1934, Mitchell started dancing with the New York City Ballet in 1955 under famed choreographer George Balanchine, considered the father of American ballet. Among those recognizing his impact following his death was Misty Copeland, the first African-American female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre.

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Published: September 26, 2018