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Wed Sep 19, 2018, 04:27 PM

Arthur Mitchell Is Dead at 84; Showed the Way for Black Dancers.

'Arthur Mitchell, a charismatic dancer with New York City Ballet in the 1950s and í60s and the founding director of the groundbreaking Dance Theater of Harlem, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 84.

His death, at a hospital, was caused by complications of heart failure, said Juli Mills-Ross, a niece. He lived in Manhattan.

Mr. Mitchell, the first black ballet dancer to achieve international stardom, was one of the most popular dancers with New York City Ballet, where he danced from 1956 to 1968 and displayed a dazzling presence, superlative artistry and powerful sense of self.

That charisma served him well as the director of Dance Theater of Harlem, the nationís first major black classical company, as it navigated its way through severe financial problems in recent decades and complex aesthetic questions about the relationship of black contemporary dancers to an 18th-century European art form.'>>>

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/19/obituaries/arthur-mitchell-dead.html?

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