Dancers bring Harlem to Midland

10152827_707824562599619_1052854071_nThe Dance Theatre of Harlem got the feeling as they grooved to James Brown, Johann Sebastian Bach, Aretha Franklin and Alexander Glazounov in the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center.

According to the event program, DTH is a leading dance institution of global acclaim that uses the art form of classical ballet to change people’s lives. Arthur Mitchell and the late Karel Shook founded DTH in 1969. Mitchell wanted to bring new opportunity to the lives of young people in Harlem, where he grew up. The company has inspired people in New York, across the country and around the world.

According to the event program for 44 years, DTH remains committed to the excellence. The company is dedicated to reaching new audiences with a powerful message of self-reliance, artistic relevance and individual responsibility, all hallmarks of an organization that has played a key role in the national cultural dialogue.

DTH performed four scenes: “New Bach,” “When Love,” “Pas De Dix” and “Return” in March at Midland College.

Loree Williams Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church youth director, brought her youth group out to see the performance. Williams said the youth expressed that they liked the dance group and would like to attend if DTH comes back to Midland.

“I enjoyed the fact that the youth had a chance to see the cultural aspect of that type of dance,” Williams said.  “The performance was magnificent. The caliber of each dance was so precise and on-point and very captivating.”

MC  professor Michael Hubbard said he appreciated the way the dancers mixed genres. “What I like about it was how they combined classical ballet with hip hop and soul, I was glad I stayed to the end,” he said.

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