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Dance Theater of Harlem Ensemble Feb. 7 at Mattie Kelly Arts Center Interactive Performance Designed to be Especially Appealing to Young Adults Student & Group Discount Tickets Available

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


1/28/2011 -

After a successful 19-city national tour last year, the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble from New York is touring again and will appear February 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at the NWF State College Niceville campus. Tickets are $35 each adults, $25 each for youth or any NWF State College student with ID. There is a $5 off per ticket discount for groups of 10 or more tickets purchased together (adults $30, youth $20 with group discount).

A leading dance institution of unparalleled global acclaim, the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble presents a 16 member troupe of young dancers (aged 18 - 25) in a unique performance aimed at widening audience awareness of the relevance of the classical arts and engaging them in theatrical dance. The interactive performance is designed to be especially appealing to young adults and is notable for the incorporation of live music; inspirational content; audience interaction; and above all, the quality and dynamic artistry which distinguishes Dance Theatre of Harlem as an American classic. Dance Magazine noted of a performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., "..Pizzazz, exceptional dancers and multicultural inspiration!" Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) has achieved unprecedented success, bringing innovative and bold new forms of artistic expression to audiences in New York City, across the country and around the world. Serving as cultural ambassadors and representatives of the people of the United States, they have participated in high profile tours abroad, notably to the former USSR in 1988, South Africa after the fall of Apartheid in 1992; and to China in 2000 following the signing of the 2000 US-China trade treaty.

A company founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook, Dance Theatre of Harlem encompasses a dance company, a leading arts education center and a national and international education and community outreach program. Each component of Dance Theatre of Harlem carries a solid commitment towards enriching the lives of young people and adults around the world through the arts. Known for its eclectic repertoire, its studios have served as the incubator for artists of today like Robert Garland, Alonzo King, Donald Byrd and Vincent Mantsoe. In 2008, the 16-member Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble was commissioned to carry the DTH legacy to wider American audiences.

Dance Theatre of Harlem mission is threefold: To maintain a world class school that provides opportunity and access to African-American and other racially diverse young people in classical ballet and the allied arts; To provide arts education, community outreach programs and positive role models for all; To have a ballet company of African- American and other racially diverse artists, performing demanding and new repertoire. Group or student discount tickets for the February 7 performance at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville of the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble must be purchased by phone or in-person and are not available through the center’s online ticketing system. All other tickets may be purchased either online, in-person or by phone. Contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at 729-6000 or toll free 1-888-838-ARTS. The phone and in-person Box Office is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. To purchase tickets through the center's website at For information, contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box office.

For more information or tickets, contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box office by phone or in person at (850) 729-6000 or purchase tickets online at the center’s website at