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Dance Theatre of Harlem School

Dance Theatre of Harlem School (DTHS) is a cultural, social, and educational institution committed to providing young people of diverse backgrounds with an opportunity to receive training in classical ballet and the allied arts.

Throughout their training at DTHS students receive onsite physical therapy, nutrition and wellness workshops made possible through a partnership with The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries. These classes also engage the parents because they are a significant component in any student’s progress. Our commitment to prepare our young people for respective career choice includes a series of diction classes. This comprehensive program is designed to instill discipline, heighten self-esteem and encourage creativity while enabling students to reach their full potential and excel in their chosen endeavors.

The school's positive presence in Harlem offers individuals a safe haven in which to explore and express themselves both emotionally and physically, and helps them develop into contributing members to the community at large.

Founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook, the Dance Theatre of Harlem School quickly emerged as a leading arts education center and an accredited dance training institute. From an initial enrollment of just thirty students, DTHS has grown to a registration of over 500 students per year, and developed a varied curriculum that, in addition to ballet and tap, has included modern, jazz and African dance, gymnastics, karate, Tai-chi, and even Irish step dancing. Other classes include music theory and dance history. Classes are offered in three programs (Community, Pre-Professional, and Professional) during the fall and spring semesters, for all levels of experience, ages 3 to 24 years. The summer semester features a six-week intensive program of study.

Dance Theatre of Harlem School's distinguished international faculty has extensive experience and training. From their first steps as beginners to advanced levels of instruction, our students experience the best aspects of Russian, English, and American traditions and training. The faculty also includes former DTH company members, insuring that the DTH style and the "artistic memory" of the organization remain intact and are passed to future generations.

Dance Theatre of Harlem School is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, and is listed as an institution of higher learning by the New York State Department of Education. This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant students.

The Dance Theatre of Harlem School auditions Pre-Professional Students with some ballet training YEAR ROUND. If you would like to set up an audtion, please call (212) 690-2800 ext. 479.

Notification of acceptance will be mailed within one week.
Arrive 30 minutes prior to the audition.

Young ladies already on pointe bring both pointe and soft ballet shoes.

Children and young adults who do not have ballet attire may wear a tee shirt, shorts, and pair of socks for the audition.
No jewelry, skirts, or extra warmers. Hair should be neatly pulled back and secured.

School name:Dance Theatre of Harlem School
Address:466 West 152nd Street.
Zip & city:10031-1814 New York

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