Summary: ballet dancer, choreographer and founding director of the groundbreaking Dance Theater of Harlem who was the first black ballet dancer to achieve international stardom and was one of the most popular dancers with the New York City Ballet, where he danced from 1956 to 1968 and displayed a dazzling presence, superlative artistry, and powerful sense of self, whose charisma served him well as director of the nation's first major black classical company Dance Theater of Harlem as it navigated its way through severe financial problems in recent decades and complex aesthetic questions about the relationship of black contemporary dancers to an 18th-century European art form.
Cause of Death: Heart failure
Born: March 27, 1934
Died: September 19, 2018
Location: New York City, New York