Friends, drunkards, balletomanes! Lend me your rears! Let’s park them in some plush, cozy seats at New York City Center on April 6th-9th.

Today is the 47th Anniversary of Dance Theatre of Harlem, the world’s first and only Black ballet company founded in New York City by the legendary Arthur Mitchell (who himself became the first Black principal dancer with a major ballet company after attending SAB and being tapped by Balancine himself to join New York City Ballet in 1955).

DTH was the first dance home of Misty Copeland and Michaela DePrince, not to mention Lorraine Graves, Stephany Dabney and current artistic director Virginia Johnson.

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DTH’s professional company was on hiatus for about 5 years in the early aughts but they’re back and better than ever and their spring repertoire looks to be fantastic!

Tickets are reasonably priced and on sale through Sunday. Would love to meet up with anyone who would be interested in catching a performance. As a bonus, I’ll let you in on my very favorite happy hour spot in the city which is right around the corner from the theatre. Two-for-one martinis y’all!

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Drop me a note in the comments if you’re interested and we’ll get in formation. ;)

As a preview, here are students from the Dance Theatre of Harlem (along with students from Debbie Allen’s Dance Academy and Alvin Ailey) performing at the White House this week in honor of Black History Month.

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Le sigh!