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  1. 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.
  2. Oct 05, 2016 · He joined John Butler’s dance company in Europe before Lincoln Kirstein, general director of the New York City Ballet (NYCB), invited him to join NYCB’s corps de ballet. Mitchell became the first African American permanent member of a major American ballet company in 1955, when he performed with Tanaquil Le Clercq in Western Symphony.

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  4. 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 ...

  5. Aug 04, 2017 · Arthur Mitchell became the first Black principal dancer in the history of New York City Ballet and was cast as Puck in George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1962. On January 17th, 1962, George Balanchine’s ballet A Midsummer Night’s Dream premiered with Arthur Mitchell as the mischievous wood nymph Puck.

  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. Sep 15, 2021 · Arthur Mitchell, American dancer, choreographer, and director who was the first African American to become a principal dancer with a major ballet troupe, New York City Ballet. Some of his best-known roles included those in Agon (1957) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1962). He later cofounded Dance Theatre of Harlem.

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