Dance Theater Harlem awes

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 4/19/2013, 9:59 a.m.
Dance Theater Harlem awes

It is obvious to me, a dancer trained in classical ballet by some of the world's most illustrious ballet masters in history (no, I am too young to have studied under George Balanchine, but I did study under Arthur Mitchell, Karel Shook, Tanaquil Le Clercq, Vladimir Dubudosky and Madame Darvish; and I studied jazz under Frank Hachette), that the Times' ballet critic, Brian Seibert, is either blind or color blind, and quite possibly both; in either case, he should neither critique ballet nor write about it. His article does not deserve the time it would take to rip it apart. Seibert totally misunderstood "Far But Close," which he called "not a good dance." That quote alone only serves as proof that he is out of touch not only with Black ballet artists, but with life itself.

Lastly, for Seibert to pass opinion on what Mitchell had in mind with his reference to "Return" is just another level of ignorance. Don't think, not for a minute, that Johnson and Naidu would ever (emphasis added) let a dancer appear onstage performing a piece, any piece, if the foundation is not what Mitchell has in mind; for who knows him better than his cherished alumni?

This is why I implore you, my dear readers, to support our cultural institutions. Let's put us on the map and keep us there.

Until next week ... kisses.