Music: Doing the Thing You Do Best

"What is there in the terminology of dance that implies a ballerina and a danseur noble must be white?" asks Arthur Mitchell. The answer is "Nothing." As living and moving proof there is the career of Mitchell himself, the first (and only) black soloist with George Balanchine's New York City Ballet. Now there is also the Harlem Dance Theater, founded by Mitchell scarcely two years ago.

Last week Mitchell's new company gave its more or less official New York debut at Broadway's ANTA Theater. It was not so much a debut as a revelation....

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