Arthur Mitchell is one of the most influential figures of the art of dance. Throughout his lifetime he has worked for equality for African Americans and is a self-proclaimed political activist through dance.  In 1955 he went on to become the first African American man to be a full time member of the New York City Ballet, eventually rising to the position of premier danseur. In 1969 He, along with Karel Shook, founded The Dance Theatre of Harlem which created an abundance of professional opportunities in theater arts for the people of Harlem.

Saturday June 21st, 2014 Arthur Mitchell will be attending the Grand Opening Reception for Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts, at The National Museum of Dance! The event is open to the public. He will be here to view the exhibit, discuss the company and its achievements, and answer questions. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served at the reception. Reservations are greatly appreciated.

The following day, Sunday June 22nd Mitchell will be presenting a Master Class in the studios at The School of the Arts. The fee for the master class is $15. For more information on how to register and pay online go to the school of the arts website at