Dance Theatre of Harlem Holds Bay Area Auditions

By Aneesah
Dryver

Ashley Murphy. Photo by Rachel Neville.

After an eight-year hiatus, the internationally known Dance Theatre of Harlem will soon return to the stage as a new company with new dancers, aiming to renew the prestigious dance group.
Funding and leadership issues are no longer concerns for the dance company, which has worked to rebuild its leadership. The company has also successfully restructured its programs, including its new program, Harlem Dance Works 2.0.
 The dance company has a rich history, performing globally in China, South Africa, the former Soviet Union and  all over the United States. The company gives dancers, many of whom are dancers of color, a space to showcase their amazing talents.  
The theatre launched its search for new professional male and female dancers through an online process. This enables professional dancers from all around the world to show their talents and athletic skills for the dance company.
The company will be holding in-person auditions on Jan. 14 in San Francisco for the 2012-2013 season.
 “I’m really excited to start our nationwide search. This is the first time ever that we are coming to the Bay Area to hold auditions,” said Virginia Johnson, the company’s Artistic Director.
 “The Dance Theatre of Harlem is a multi-cultural institution, specializing in classical ballet,” she said. “Many people believe that people of color don’t have dance classical ballet, and The Dance Theatre was started in Harlem and created to give opportunities to people of color.”  
 To preregister for the Jan. 14 in-person auditions, visit www.dancetheatreofharlem.org.

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