Arthur Mitchell is born

March 27

On March 27, 1934, Arthur Mitchell was born. 

Arthur Mitchell was a ballet dancer and choreographer, famously known as the ‘Grandfather of Diversity.’  Arthur Mitchell was the first black dancer to join the New York City Ballet (1955). He co-founded the Dance Theatre of Harlem (1969).

Arthur Mitchell died in 2018 at the age of 84. 


Arthur Mitchell, revolutionary dancer and founder of Dance Theatre of Harlem, dies at 84. Playbill. (n.d.). Retrieved March 1, 2023, from

BBC. (2018, September 20). Pioneering US ballet dancer Arthur Mitchell dies at 84. BBC News. Retrieved March 1, 2023, from

Guardian News and Media. (2018, December 10). ‘dance will never be the same’ – celebrating the legacy of Arthur Mitchell. The Guardian. Retrieved March 1, 2023, from 

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