Harlem’s Ashley Murphy And Misty Copeland Cover Pointe Magazine

pointe-ballerinaWhen was the last time you saw two top ballerinas who are from Harlem on a magazine cover? I can save you some time. You’ve never seen that — unless you’ve already spotted Pointe magazine’s June/July 2014 cover. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Prima Ballerina, Misty Copeland Signs


By Tod Roulette

My  ten-year-old goddaughter Lucy is all legs and arms. She sat on my lap at the Upper East Side Barnes and Noble on 86th Street this week waiting to see thirty-one-year old African-American prima ballerina Misty Copeland of the American Ballet Theater. Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: How Much Has The Arts Changed For Minority Performers?

By Walter Rutledge

This weekend the New York City Ballet production of the holiday classic The Nutcracker Live From Lincoln Center appeared on public television. The George Balanchine version was brilliantly danced, and the spectacle was complete with a flying sleigh and colorful sets and costumes. The only color missing from the entire production was Black. Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: Pre- Holiday Week of Events

By Walter Rutledge

After an extended weekend of Thanksgiving dinners and robust shopping this week promises to be an eventful prelude to the holiday season. Dance, Opera and Theater abound throughout the city with many outstanding productions taking place in Harlem. Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: Dance Theatre of Harlem- Inaugural Vision Gala

By Walter Rutledge

On April 25, 2011, Dance Theatre of Harlem held its Inaugural Vision Gala at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse in Lincoln Center. The event had a duel purpose, to raise money for the scholarships for students and Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: Dance 2.0 Finale

By Walter Rutledge

The Dance 2.0 Series Studio Showings culminated on November 4, 2010 with a performance of two of three commissioned new works and an excerpt from the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble. Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: Harlem Dance Works 2.0 Part Two (update)

By Walter Rutledge

An overflow crowd attended the second studio showing of Dance Theatre of Harlem 2.0 on Thursday October 21. This week an excerpt from a work in progress by Robert Garland was presented. Mr. Garland’s duet was set to four of the Goldberg Variations by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Misty Copeland (Soloist American Ballet Theatre) and Matthew Prescott performed the yet untitled duet. Garland was asked by Dance Theatre of Harlem Artistic Director Virginia Johnson to create a work classical in design. Continue Reading →