The Return of the Black Ballerina
March 2, 2018
Back in 2016, the Knight Foundation awarded a $150,000 grant to ensure the future of ballet in Miami. With this award, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs was able to lure the internationally lauded Dance Theatre of Harlem back to Miami after an absence of nearly 20 years. For a city so diverse, support for culture of this caliber is essential. It’s these kind of ground-breaking performances that elevate Miami’s overall identity and take it to the next level.
Founded in 1969, the Dance Theatre of Harlem broke barriers by becoming the first black classical ballet company. In an era when racial tensions were at an all-time high and in an industry that favors white culture, prioritizing black performers was a bold move. Being an award-winning black dancer himself, founder Arthur Mitchell experienced this favoritism first-hand. Dance Theatre of Harlem isn’t just an exceptional company, they’re a beacon of hope for many.
From an abandoned Harlem warehouse, to performing around the world for nearly 50 years, they’ve done it all. Dance Theatre of Harlem has worked with beloved choreographers like George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, and performed for the likes of Nelson Mandela. They’ve toured the world and founded an outreach program called “Dancing Through Barriers.” And after cementing themselves as a powerhouse on the world stage, they were inducted into the National Museum of Dance in 1999.
In Our Hometown.
Don’t miss your chance to experience such a creative force in person next Saturday and Sunday, March 10th & 11th. The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center welcomes the company back to Miami with a special performance. They’ll be gracing the stage with an eclectic and dynamic ballet repertoire of innovative and beloved pieces. Make sure to snag your tickets and prepare to be blown away.