Roslyn Sampson

Dance Theatre of Harlem

Sampson (second to left) with Walter Raines (far right) receiving direction from Arthur Mitchell (far left) and George Balanchine in rehearsal for Concerto for Jazz Band and Orchestra.

Arthur Mitchell offered Roslyn Sampson a scholarship to Dance Theatre of Harlem at age 13, along with her sister Ronda Sampson. Her repertoire with the company included Arthur Mitchell’s Holberg Suite, Rhythmetron, Concerto for Jazz Band and Orchestra, and Tones; Louis Johnson’s Wings; Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco; and William Scott’s Every Now and Then.

Roslyn Sampson as a student, doing homework at DTH. Photo via June 1974 Ebony magazine.

Sources:

Dancing her way up, The New York Times
Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Repertory List, Columbia University Libraries
Where Talent Abounds, Ebony June 1974

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