Dance Theatre of Harlem

Leadership Announcement

VIRGINIA JOHNSON ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE AS
DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

ROBERT GARLAND DESIGNATED ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND TAI JIMENEZ DESIGNATED DIRECTOR OF THE DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM SCHOOL BEGINNING JULY 2023

(New York, NY – September 15, 2022) – Bringing to a close a four decade-long chapter of dance history, Dance Theatre of Harlem Artistic Director Virginia Johnson has announced her retirement from the visionary company, set for the close of the 2022-23 season on June 30, 2023. Her tenure with this powerful presence in the world of ballet includes twelve years in her current role as Artistic Director, preceded by a staggering 28 years as a company member, highlighted by her distinction as a founding member and as a Principal Dancer. As Ms. Johnson becomes Artistic Director Emerita, she will be succeeded as Artistic Director by current acclaimed DTH Resident Choreographer and School Director Robert Garland. Mr. Garland will continue in his current roles until he assumes the role of Artistic Director on July 1, 2023, at which time former DTH Principal Dancer Tai Jimenez, who following 12 years dancing with DTH became the first Black ballerina elevated to Principal at Boston Ballet in 2006, will become Director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem School.

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