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April 18, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Category: Special Event
Location: Merrill Palmer Skillman Inst., 71 E Ferry, Detroit 2nd Fl Hoobler Room
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff



Ballet superstar and co-founder of Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH), Arthur Mitchell, died September 2018. As a former ballet dancer with DTH who worked with Mr. Mitchell, Dr. Jennifer Gomez is aware of the deep loss his passing is to the dance community, the Black community, the U.S. at large and, honestly, the world--given that his dual impact in ballet and promoting equity and opportunity touched many people, including many Detroiters. 


The 2004 Gerald Fox Film on Dance Theatre of Harlem will be shown From Dr. Gomez' personal collection, showing Mr. Mitchell with behind-the-scenes dance footage and interviews about Mr. Mitchell's ballet career and the history of Dance Theatre of Harlem. Highlights include Mr. Mitchell founding DTH after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and DTH's tour of South Africa in 1992, during apartheid --an invitation personally extended by Nelson Mandela. Discussion and Q&A continue after the film with Dr. Gomez, a former DTH dancer turned academic.

Parking: Visitor parking is available in WSU Lot #35 behind the Freer House/Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute. Entrance is off John R between E. Palmer and E. Ferry St. Cost is $8 with credit/debit card at the gate.

For more information about this event, please contact Jennifer Gomez at 313-664-2626 or