Lydia Abarca
Dance Theatre of Harlem




Lydia Abarca was born in Harlem in 1951. She studied at Juilliard and the Harkness School. While attending Fordham University, she was discovered by Arthur Mitchell and was asked to join Dance Theatre of Harlem. By the age of 19, she was dancing principal roles with the company. Her film and television credits include The Wiz and The Cotton Club. She was the first black dancer on the cover of Dance Magazine in 1975.







Arthur Mitchell, Ronald Perry and Lydia Abarca

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