Renowned Dance Theatre of Harlem conducts Master Class for DPS dance students at Detroit School of Arts

About 150 dance students from three Detroit Public Schools participated in a unique lecture performance conducted by the Dance Theatre of Harlem at the Detroit School of Arts today.

Dance students from Detroit School of Arts, Kettering High School and Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School participated, along with a group from Mount Clemens High School.

Fresh from their sold-out Sunday night performance at the school, members of the renowned classical ballet company demonstrated a variety of skills, from basic barre techniques to complex pirouettes and jumps. They also performed excerpts of some of their repertoire.

The lesson focused not just on exciting dance moves, but also drilled students on the importance of constantly practicing and honing their craft.

“I loved it. I really enjoyed how the director went over the body functions and muscles,” said Mercedes Fitzpatrick, 17, a DSA senior who is studying advanced ballet and participating in dance workshop, a combination of ballet and modern. “The individual demonstrations of lifting and partnering, and the dance performances were really nice. “

About Detroit School of Arts
Detroit School of Arts is a Detroit Public School located on the grounds of Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The high school is home to 90.9 WRCJ FM radio station, which is owned by DPS and run in collaboration with Detroit Public Television.

Students study Music, Sculpture, Animation, Drama, Painting and Drawing, as well as a variety of dance forms, including Modern, Ballet, African, Jazz and Tap. The school also offers a college-prep curriculum that includes Advanced Placement and Honors classes, dual enrollment, foreign language and more.

Famous alumni include R&B singers Aaliyah and Teairra Mari. The state-of-the-art building, equipped with TV and music recording studios, hosted an MSNBC TV special on education earlier this year. DSA student Betty Pride wrote, produced and performed the district’s latest enrollment campaign theme song.

About Dance Theatre of Harlem
Now in its fourth decade, Dance Theatre of Harlem has grown into a multi-cultural dance institution with an extraordinary legacy of providing opportunities for creative expression and artistic excellence that continues to set standards in the performing arts. Dance Theatre of Harlem has achieved unprecedented success, bringing innovative and bold new forms of artistic expression to audiences around the world.
Dance Theatre of Harlem and its founder Arthur Mitchell have received over 300 official citations for excellence including: National Medal of Arts and a Kennedy Center Honors Award to Arthur Mitchell, A Presidential Salute (to DTH Co-Founder, Karel Shook) on the Occasion of the Inauguration of the United States Department of Education, 4 Tributes by the United States House of Representatives,126 awards and honors from 18 States and 48 municipalities, 54 awards and honors from schools, educational institutions, and institutions of higher learning, 40 awards and honors from Civic/Business Organizations, 36 awards and honors from Social/Cultural Organizations.

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