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The Link School of the Arts shared Dance Theatre of Harlem's photo — thinking about how blessed I am.

It is really humbling that an individual with such highly acclaimed skill, experience and professional artist would take the time to pour into our students at the Link. I should also mention that while she was here she spent a time of laughter and joy-filled fellowship with two other visiting artists (highly acclaimed as well) over a boiled chicken and rice dinner
and apple pie for dessert. So. much. fun. We are sooo thankful and
sooo grateful for these "surprise" opportunities.

Question: Who is she?

Answer: Charmaine Hunter

Currently, Ms. Hunter is Upper School Principal of Texas Ballet Theatre School and Ballet Instructor in their Professional Division, Ben Stevenson O.B.E., Artistic Director.

A former Ballet Mistress and Principal Dancer at Dance Theatre of Harlem under the Artistic Directorship of Arthur Mitchell, this beautiful ballet, Serenade, by George Balanchine was pulled out of the archives. Ms. Hunter danced it and directed it. Wow!

It should be noted that in 1955 Arthur Mitchell made his debut as the second African American dancer with the New York City Ballet (NYCB), performing in Western Symphony. Rising to the position of principal dancer with the company in 1956, (one year later) he performed in all the major ballets in its repertoire, including A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Nutcracker, Bugaku, Agon, and Arcade.

Mitchell was the second African-American dancer with the NYCB until 1970. Choreographer and director of the NYCB George Balanchine created the pas de deux in Agon especially for Mr. Mitchell and ballerina Diana Adams.

In 1968, Mr. Mitchell was determined to provide opportunities in dance for the children in the Harlem community in NYC. In 1969 he and his teacher Karel Shook formed a classical ballet school, Dance Theatre of Harlem with Mr. Mitchell donating $25,000 of his own money and a year later
receiving a $315,000 in a matching funds grant from the Ford Foundation.

Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) started with 30 kids in a church basement
in a community where resources of talent and creative energy were virtually untapped. Two months later, Mitchell had attracted 400 youngsters attending classes. Two years later they presented their first production as a professional company. Mitchell used his personal savings to convert a garage into the company's first real home.

In Harlem, DTH created an explosion of professional opportunities
in dance, music, and other related theater activities and challenged the
classical dance world to review its stereotypes and revise its boundaries.

As I stated earlier, so honored to have this highly acclaimed artist dance and break bread together with us at the Link School of the Arts.

For more information on Arthur Mitchell, legacy notes, etc. are
in Columbia University.
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“Straight from the archives “ George Balanchine's "Serenade". Photo: Joseph Rodman

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It is really humbling that an individual with such highly acclaimed skill, experience and professional artist would take the time to pour into our students at the Link. I should also mention that while she was here she spent a time of laughter and joy-filled fellowship with two other visiting  artists (highly acclaimed as well) over a boiled chicken and rice dinner
and apple pie for dessert. So. much. fun.  We are sooo thankful and
 sooo  grateful for these surprise opportunities.

Question:  Who is she?

Answer:  Charmaine Hunter

Currently, Ms. Hunter is Upper School Principal of Texas Ballet Theatre School and Ballet Instructor in their Professional Division, Ben Stevenson O.B.E., Artistic Director.  

A former Ballet Mistress and Principal Dancer at Dance Theatre of Harlem under the Artistic Directorship of Arthur Mitchell, this beautiful ballet, Serenade, by George Balanchine was pulled out of the archives. Ms. Hunter danced it and directed it. Wow!

It should be noted that in 1955 Arthur Mitchell made his debut as the second African American dancer with the New York City Ballet (NYCB), performing in Western Symphony. Rising to the position of principal dancer with the company in 1956, (one year later) he performed in all the major ballets in its repertoire, including A Midsummer Nights Dream, The Nutcracker, Bugaku, Agon, and Arcade.

Mitchell was the second African-American dancer with the NYCB until 1970. Choreographer and director of the NYCB George Balanchine created the pas de deux in Agon especially for Mr. Mitchell and ballerina Diana Adams. 

In 1968, Mr. Mitchell was determined to provide opportunities in dance for the children in the Harlem community in NYC. In 1969 he and his teacher Karel Shook formed a classical ballet school, Dance Theatre of Harlem with Mr. Mitchell donating $25,000 of his own money and a year later
receiving a $315,000 in a matching funds grant from the Ford Foundation. 

Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) started with 30 kids in a church basement
in a community where resources of talent and creative energy were virtually untapped. Two months later, Mitchell had attracted 400 youngsters attending classes. Two years later they presented their first production as a professional company. Mitchell used his personal savings to convert a garage into the companys first real home.

In Harlem, DTH created an explosion of professional opportunities
in dance, music, and other related theater activities and challenged the 
classical dance world to review its stereotypes and revise its boundaries.

As I stated earlier, so honored to have this highly acclaimed artist dance and break bread together with us at the Link School of the Arts.

For more information on Arthur Mitchell, legacy notes, etc. are 
in Columbia University.

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"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." #benjaminfranklin

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St. James Episcopal Church Sunday, July 25th, 2016 Houston TX. Isabella and Rebecca Hunter, Kaylah and Shaun Flaniken, Kathryn Zettel, Rachel Bono
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St. James Episcopal Church Sunday, July 25th, 2016 Houston TX.  Isabella and Rebecca Hunter, Kaylah and Shaun Flaniken, Kathryn Zettel, Rachel Bono

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