Andrew and Merry Kuharsky - Directors
18th Jan 2019 | by: Andrew Kuharsky

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The Dance Theatre of Harlem will be this year’s ballet offering at the Peace Center. They will perform on Saturday, May 11 at 8:00 pm. Students and parents of the Greenville Ballet School are encouraged to join our group and get a $10 discount off ticket prices. Please buy your ticket at the School by January 31.

Founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell (a former principal dancer of the New York City Ballet), the Dance Theatre of Harlem company — comprised at that time of African-American artists barred from US ballet companiesDance Theatre of Harlem because of the color of their skin — became an expression of human excellence that broke down barriers and inspired millions. Today’s multi-ethnic company tours internationally, presenting a forward-thinking repertoire that includes treasured classics and neoclassical works by George Balanchine, as well as innovative contemporary works that use the language of ballet to celebrate African-American culture.

Their program will include George Balanchine‘s Valse Fantaisie to Mikhail Glinka’s music of the same name, Christopher Wheeldon’s duet This Bitter Earth (Mr. Wheeldon is the Tony Award-winning choreographer of Broadway’s An American in Paris and has created works for major ballet companies around the world), a work by Robert Garland to the music of Aretha Franklin and James Brown, and a new work by Claudia Schreier.

Dancer Crystal Serrano, who was the Sugar-Plum Fairy in the Greenville Ballet’s 2017 production of Andrew Kuharsky’s The Nutcracker, is a member of the Company. We look forward to having her in Greenville again.

We hope that ballet fans in the upstate will join us for this great evening of dance. Call us at 864-234-5677, or visit the Peace Center website today!

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About the Author: Andrew Kuharsky

Mr. Kuharsky is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School. He was an apprentice with the Joffrey Ballet in New York, a principal dancer with The Atlanta Ballet, and a soloist with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal. He has directed the dance programs at the SC Governor's School for the Arts and the Greenville County Schools' Fine Arts Center.