“I just love to dance. Whatever I could do to dance, I did it. I studied Modern at the New Dance Group, with Pearl Lang, Katherine Dunham, Jane Dudley and Sophie Maslow. I took the subway to study with Murray Louis at the Brooklyn Academy.”
Arthur Mitchell was the first African-American to dance with New York City Ballet. Mitchell rose to the position of principal dancer with the company in 1956, he performed in all the major ballets in its repertoire, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Nutcracker, Bugaku, Agonn, and Arcade. His peers: Allegra Kent, Suzanne Farrell, Edward Villella, Jillana, Violette Verdy, Patricia McBride and many more. After retiring from City Ballet in 1966, Mitchell co-founded Dance Theatre of Harlem, and for four decades ran the pioneering troupe. (He still advises DTH as artistic director emeritus; ballerina Virginia Johnson holds leadership reins).
Sources: Los Angeles Times- Entertainment 2010 and Wikipedia