Arthur Mitchell: Harlem's Ballet Trailblazer

Arthur Mitchell, Artist Extraordinaire > In His Own Voice

The following ten videos, created by the National Visionary Leadership Project (NVLP) for its Oral History Archive, are part of an extensive collection of first-hand accounts of by legendary African American leaders, artists, and visionaries. 

The mission of NVLP is to develop the next generation of leaders by recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of extraordinary African American elders – Visionaries – who have transcended barriers, shaped American history, and influenced the world through the rich African American tradition of social change.  For information:





“Growing Up in Harlem”

“Throwing a Pay Party”

“The Fallacy of Blacks & Ballet”

“Performance with Balanchine’s Company”

“Pas de Deux”

“Starting Dance Theatre of Harlem”

“Challenge of Starting Ballet School”

“Performance at Riker’s Island”

“Hip Hop’s Cultural Influence”

“America’s Racial Future”


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