The Return of Dance Theatre of Harlem

This Saturday is a very, very happy day for the dance world: The legendary Dance Theatre of Harlem will give its first performance in eight years. It's a triumphant moment for the company, which fought its way back (under the leadership of Virginia Johnson, former EIC of our sister magazine, Pointe) from a crippling debt crisis.

And the new DTH is starting out with a bang: Saturday's show, in Louisville, KY, kicks off a major international tour that continues through next June, with a stint in NYC in April. Not only will the tour include performances of masterpieces by George Balanchine and Alvin Ailey, it'll also feature a slew of premieres by Helen Pickett, Francesca Harper, Robert Garland and more.

The company's dancers are just as extraordinary. The roster includes exquisite Ashley Murphy, who was just nominated for a Clive Barnes Foundation Award*, and First Position phenom Michaela DePrince.

In other words: There's a LOT to get excited about! Click here to find out when DTH is coming to a theater near you.

*Our friend Lauren Lovette of New York City Ballet was also nominated for a Clive Barnes Award!

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