Harry Belafonte Honored at Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Vision Gala
The Dance Theatre of Harlem recently hosted its fabulous star studded Vision 2012 Gala at the beautiful Mandarin Oriental Hotel, an event that honored the legendary Harry Belafonte and benefited the organization’s Next Generation and Community Engagement Funds.
“It was a magical evening. We showcased the talented, hard-working young dancers that we’ve been nurturing at the Dance Theatre Harlem and paid tribute to the iconic trailblazer, Harry Belafonte,” says Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director.
Other VIP attendees included celebrated opera singer Jessye Norman, actor Delroy Lindo, Olivia Scott Perkins of Carol’s Daughter, renowned dancer Misty Copeland, along with guest host Soledad O’Brien of CNN’s Starting Point, and actress Lynn Whitfield, who served as honorary chair.
Guests were treated to an open bar cocktail hour, with hors d’oeuvres circulating the splendid ball room of the Mandarin Oriental, followed by an elegant dinner with performances by the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble and students of the DTH school. The stage was aflutter with tutus as dancers and captivated gala attendees with stunning lines and extensions. Two DTH ensemble dancers, Ashley Murphy and DaVon Doane, performed the finale, debuting as members of the organization’s new performance company.
The Dance Theatre of Harlem touted heavy hitting sponsors such as BET Networks; The Reginald F. Lewis Foundation; Siris Capital Group, LLC; Valentino D. Carlotti/Goldman Sachs & Co; and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.
“We are thrilled and very grateful for the wonderful support shown by so many corporations and individuals,” remarked Laveen Naidu, Executive Director of Dance Theatre of Harlem.
DTH serves over 25,000 students and educators annually, with 65% of students receiving scholarships or tuition assistance. Additionally, the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble’s 14 member company serves thousands of audience members every year – a worthy cause to support.
Learn more about the Dance Theatre of Harlem and contribute to their vision at http://dancetheatreofharlem.org/
Take a look at the pictures from the evening Images via HuffingtonPost