As one of the oldest ballet companies still catering to dancers of color today–created in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karen Shook–Dance Theatre of Harlem began on the premise of making black dancers a priority. The association relaunched in August 2012, after an eight-year hiatus, and is about to embark on its New York season.
Celeb Edition was pleased to chat with one of the company’s principle dancers, Ashley Murphy, as she excitedly preps for another tour with the ballet company. Murphy dishes on the hardships of being a black ballerina and expectations to fulfill the legacy of DTH. — Sharifa Daniels