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Dance Theatre of Harlem Coming To DC
Dance Theatre of Harlem Coming To DC

This story comes to us from Judith Keyserling:

After a five-plus year hiatus, Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) will return to the stage in Washington, DC when its Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble (DTH Ensemble) performs at the Lincoln Theatre on Friday, March 25 at 8pm. Presented by The Laurel Fund for the performing arts, founder/president Elvi Moore, the 12-member troupe, with pianist, will also conduct lecture demonstrations and a master class during its visit to Washington. Established in 2004 from leading participants in Dance Theatre of Harlem School’s Professional Training Program, DTH Ensemble began touring nationally under a “Dance for America” banner in 2009, and since then the Ensemble has toured to more than 35 cities in 26 states, performing for more than 65,000 patrons, drawing positive notices from critics and audiences for its vibrant, energetic presentations of ballet for the 21st century.

For its Lincoln Theatre performance, DTH Ensemble will offer a mixed repertory program, to include Six Piano Pieces, Harlem Style by David Fernandez, set to music by Moritz Moszkowski; Episode by Peter Pucci, with music by Nana Simopoulos; South African Suite by Arthur Mitchell, Augustus van Heerden and Laveen Noidu, set to music by the Soweto String Quartet; Adagietto No. 5 by Royston Maldoom with music by Gustav Mahler; and Return by Robert Garland, set to music by James Brown, Alfred Ellis, Aretha Franklin and Carolyn Franklin. While in Washington, DTH Ensemble will conduct two lecture-demonstrations at THEARC Theater in Anacostia on Thursday, March 24. The first at 1pm will be for students in The Washington Ballet’s DanceDC program for DC public elementary school students who will be bused to the THEARC, and the second is for TWB@THEARC students, their families and residents in the Anacostia community. Later, on Thursday, March 24, DTH Ensemble will offer a master class at The Washington Ballet, conducted by Virginia Johnson.

The class will be limited to 30 area intermediate ballet students. DTH Ensemble is directed by Keith Saunders, who has been with DTH since 1975, where he performed for 17 years. He has been ballet master there since 1996, and from 2004-2010, in addition to directing DTH Ensemble, he was director of Dancing Through Barriers, DTH’s international education and outreach initiative. Today, DTH is led by Washington-born, Virginia Johnson, who was personally selected by Arthur Mitchell to succeed him as artistic director in 2010. A graduate of the Academy of The Washington School of Ballet, Johnson joined DTH in 1969 as a founding member, where she performed and enjoyed a stellar career for 28 years. Johnson has also choreographed and been honored with many awards. After retiring from performing, she founded Pointe magazine and was its editor-in-chief from 2000-2009. Page two Tickets: Tickets, $50 and $30, are available January 24 by calling Ticketmaster at 202-397-7328 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com.

Tickets are also available via the Lincoln Theatre Box Office at 202-328-6000 or by visiting the Box Office, Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm.