Photos: Arthur Mitchell at Museum of Dance
SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Arthur Mitchell, former New York City Ballet principal dancer and founder of Dance Theatre of Harlem taught a master class on Saturday at the National Museum of Dance’s Swyer Studios at the School of the Arts. According to the museum, following the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Mitchell was inspired to start a school that would offer children — especially those in Harlem, the community in which he was born — the opportunity to learn about dance and the allied arts. Nearly 50 years later, Dance Theatre of Harlem has grown into a multi-cultural dance institution with an legacy of providing opportunities for creative expression that continues to set standards in the performing arts.