The 20th century has been recognized as an era of integrating African American dancers into modern dance. During this period there was an overarching sentiment of inclusion, cultural expression, and weakening the significance of race defining identity. This universal sentiment among African American dancers and choreographers throughout the 20th century influenced dancers like Arthur Mitchell to establish companies and dedicate their careers to uplifting African American dancers. Overall, the emphasis of inclusion, cultural expression, and the popular notion that race shouldn't define one's identity as a dancer during the 20th century led Mitchell to establish the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1969, which paved the way for the integration of African American dancers into ballet.
"The Impact of the African Diaspora on 20th Century Dance,"
Proceedings of GREAT Day: Vol. 2022, Article 5.
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