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Pioneering Dance Leader Arthur Mitchell to Speak at Ohio State

Arthur Mitchell, pioneering leader in American dance, will present a lecture at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in the Barnett Theatre, Sullivant Hall, 1813 N. High St. on Ohio State’s campus. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Dance, Barnett Center for Arts and Enterprise and Ohio Arts Council. It is free and open to all.

A renowned performer and choreographer, Mitchell was the first African American principal dancer with the New York City Ballet under George Balanchine, and is well known as founder and artistic director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the first permanently established African American ballet company in America. Mitchell has been recognized as a MacArthur Fellow, inducted into the National Museum of Dance Hall of Fame, and has received the U.S. National Medal of Arts and a Fletcher Foundation fellowship.

Community partners Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center and Theatre Street Dance Academy will host a series of auditions on the Fort Hayes campus. Mitchell’s objective is to promote a wider range of interest and participation in classical ballet across the country, especially among under-served communities.

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