Dance Theatre of Harlem Names Philanthropist as Chair

Classic Arts News   Dance Theatre of Harlem Names Philanthropist as Chair
Philanthropist Catherine B. Reynolds has been named chair of Dance Theatre of Harlem's board, DTH announced. Reynolds has agreed to donate $1 million to the company, which is currently on a hiatus forced by financial problems.

"We feel privileged that Catherine has agreed to lend her energy, commitment, and vision to Dance Theatre of Harlem," said artistic director Arthur Mitchell. "Her dedication to both the arts and arts education is longstanding and passionate."

DHT's performing company shut down in September 2004 in order to reorganize and recover from a $2.4 million budget deficit. Two weeks later, the company closed its school after its insurance was canceled. The school reopened in December after a fundraising effort led by Kennedy Center president Michael Kaiser and newly named executive director Laveen Naidu brought in $1.6 million.

Mitchell said that the company would soon follow suit. "We have great hopes of re-establishing our company in the near future," he said.

Mitchell, a former dancer with New York City Ballet, founded the groundbreaking African-American troupe in 1969.

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