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    • When did Arthur Mitchell join the New York City Ballet?

      • In 1955 Mitchell made his debut as the first African American with the New York City Ballet (NYCB), performing in Western Symphony. Rising to the position of principal dancer with the company in 1956, he performed in all the major ballets in its repertoire, including A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Nutcracker, Bugaku, Agon, and Arcade.
  1. Aug 04, 2017 · In 1955, Arthur Mitchell made his debut as the second African American to perform with the New York City Ballet (NYCB), performing in Western Symphony after Lincoln Kirstein asked him to join the corps de ballet. At the age of 18, Arthur Mitchell was offered a scholarship to study at the School of American Ballet before joining the school’s ...

  2. Perhaps most notable is Arthur Mitchell, who made his debut in 1955 as a member of the New York City Ballet. Mitchell was born in Harlem, New York, on March 27, 1934. As a young teenager, a guidance counselor encouraged him to audition for the High School of Performing Arts, which led to a scholarship to the School of American Ballet, the ...

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  4. Arthur Mitchell (March 27, 1934 – September 19, 2018) was an American ballet dancer, choreographer, and founder and director of ballet companies.In 1955, he was the first African-American dancer with the New York City Ballet, where he was promoted to principal dancer the following year and danced in major roles until 1966.

    • Ballet dancer, Choreographer, Artistic Director
    • September 19, 2018 (aged 84), Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
  5. After two years of study and an appearance on Broadway in Truman Capote's House of Flowers Arthur Mitchell joined the New York City Ballet in 1955. Mitchell's debut with the New York City Ballet was in Western Symphony but his big break wasn't until Balanchine choreographed the Agon pas de deux for him and Alegra Kent in 1957.

  6. Dec 11, 2020 · Arthur Mitchell and New York City Ballet Arthur Mitchell was the first African American male dancer to officially join New York City Ballet in 1955, invited by George Balanchine. He performed numerous pieces choreographed by Balanchine, possibly most notably Agon with Diana Adams. Mel Tomlinson and New York City Ballet Mel Tomlinson was...

  7. Oct 05, 2016 · Dancer, choreographer and artistic director Arthur Mitchell was born on March 27, 1934 in Harlem, New York to Arthur Mitchell, Sr. and Willie Hearns Mitchell. He attended the High School of Performing Arts in Manhattan. In addition to academics, Mitchell was a member of the New Dance Group, the Choreographers Workshop, Donald McKayle and ...

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