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Arthur Mitchell (Jack Mitchell / Getty Images)
Arthur Mitchell (Jack Mitchell / Getty Images)
Arthur Mitchell (1934 – 2018) was a ballet dancer who achieved international acclaim as the first African-American principal dancer at the New York City Ballet. He danced with the company from 1956 to 1968. Following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., he was inspired to help found the Dance Theater of Harlem.

His career as a dancer and choreographer blazed a trail and created opportunities for other black dancers in classical dance.

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Died: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Details of death: Died in New York City at the age of 84.

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Published online on September 19, 2018 courtesy of Tributes.com
Arthur Mitchell, the trailblazing African-American ballet dancer who helped create the Dance Theatre of Harlem, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 in New York City, according to multiple news sources. He... Read Obituary
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