Dance Theater of Harlem
American Ballet Theater
Ronald Perry began his professional career with Dance Theatre of Harlem after attending its affiliate school. In December of 1990, he and Christina Johnson, also with DTH, “became the first black dancers to appear with the Royal Ballet since the departure of Johaar Mosaval”. He danced with the company for 11 years. After an unfulfilling experience with American Ballet Theatre, where he performed principal roles, Perry joined Bejart Ballet in Brussels.
After 11 years with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, he auditioned this year for ABT. “I’d always wondered what it would be like to be in another company,” he said. “I always felt so protected at Dance Theatre. It was like growing up in a family.” When he left, he said, “I think Arthur Mitchell was kind of hurt. But I think he was kind of pleased. He felt it was a good idea for me to get out on my own.”(info via http://www.nytimes.com/1990/12/29/arts/blacks-dance-with-the-royal-ballet.html
Dance Theater of Harlem – Lydia Abarca and Ronald Perry
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