The Professional Training Program (currently on hiatus)

Dance Theatre of Harlem is a leading dance institution of unparalleled global acclaim that uses the art form of classical ballet to change people’s lives. Dance Theatre of Harlem was founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and the late Karel Shook. Mitchell, the first African-American dancer to become a principal dancer with a major U.S. ballet company (New York City Ballet), established a ballet school in the Harlem neighborhood where he grew up because he understood that training in a classical art form could bring the focus and discipline necessary to build a better life.


Dance Theatre of Harlem remains committed to Mitchell’s vision of using the power of art to build community, provide access to rigorous and healthful physical activity and to spark inspiration. The Dance Theatre of Harlem School offers world-class training that is designed to build self-reliance, artistic excellence and individual responsibility for young people of any race, religion creed or ethnicity.

Because the program is on hiatus, we are pleased to offer classes in the Upper School of Dance Theatre of Harlem. Classes will take place between 4:30 and 8:30 Monday-Friday as well as on Saturday. Some performance opportunities will occur throughout the year.

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"Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Professional Training Program is designed to produce 21st-century dance artists who are capable of thriving in today’s challenging professional environment.” - Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director

Prepare for a professional career at Dance Theatre of Harlem

Acting for Dancers

A physical approach to acting designed to help students overcome inhibitions and develop a character through the use of the body



Provides essential information about the major systems of the body and body mechanics


Dance Composition

Presents and cultivates a ‘work kit’ for the dance maker with tools that develop a choreographic voice and style as well as improve performance in classical and contemporary works


History/Dance History

Explores and provides an analysis and understanding of the social, political, and cultural forces that impacted the development of dance theories and practices


Nutrition, Health and Wellness

Provides information on nutrition, injury prevention and physical conditioning for optimum performance


Practical Finance for Budding Artists

Students will study a range of financial alternatives and explore rudimentary choices essential to becoming informed artists, consumers, and citizens. Basic principles will be combined with practical uses to develop personal financial knowledge.


Performance Opportunities

Monthly in-house performances, special events, DTH school performances, performance to live music, local education and outreach activities and educational, out-of-state mini residencies