The Dance Theatre of Harlem takes centerstage at the prestigious Dennis C. Moss Cultural Arts Center on January 19-20. Established in 1969, this iconic 18-member dance company promises an enchanting showcase of contemporary ballet, featuring not only treasured classics and neoclassical works but also innovative contemporary pieces that push the boundaries of dance.

Under the visionary leadership of new Artistic Director Robert Garland, the Dance Theatre of Harlem is making a triumphant return to Miami, infusing the main stage with a powerful vision for the 21st century. The performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, offering a unique and diverse experience suitable for audiences of all ages.

Beyond being a spectacular ballet event, this January’s performance by the Dance Theatre of Harlem celebrates the life and legacy of jazz legend Hazel Scott. The spotlight will be on the critically acclaimed piece, “Sounds of Hazel,” paying homage to Scott, a trailblazing artist who defied norms in the 1930s and 1940s. Hazel Scott’s fusion of classical and jazz styles, coupled with her fearless stance against segregation, left a lasting mark on American music and civil rights.

Curated in collaboration with Scott’s son, Adam Clayton Powell III, and biographer Karen Chilton, “Sounds of Hazel” aims to introduce a new generation to Scott’s extraordinary life. The piece, made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, receives lead funding from the Doris Duke Foundation and the Mellon Foundation

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In addition to the mesmerizing “Sounds of Hazel,” the January program features other captivating choreographies, including “Return” by Robert Garland, Tiffany Rea-Fisher’s “Sounds of Hazel,” and George Balanchine’s “Allegro Brilliante.” These performances promise to enthrall the audience with a rich canvas of dance forms and styles, showcasing the vibrant versatility and artistry of the Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Dance Theatre of Harlem, an esteemed institution in the global dance scene, stands at the forefront with its distinguished touring company, a renowned studio school, and a comprehensive education and community outreach program. The company’s commitment to empowerment through the arts is evident in its diverse offerings that transcend cultural and societal boundaries.

As audiences anticipate this enchanting event, it is essential to acknowledge the significance of the Dance Theatre of Harlem’s contribution to the cultural landscape. By bringing together artists from diverse backgrounds, the company promotes inclusivity and unity through the universal language of dance. The upcoming performance serves as a testament to the power of the arts in fostering connections and bridging gaps.

The Dennis C. Moss Cultural Arts Center, managed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, is dedicated to presenting and supporting arts and culture, providing access to the arts for the entire Miami-Dade County community. The performance allows all to delve into the world of dance, culture, and empowerment as the iconic Dance Theatre of Harlem moves the body and soul in Miami. Tickets for this extraordinary event range from $26 to $66, with special $5 tickets available for audience members aged 13 to 22 through Culture Shock Miami. Join the Dance Theatre of Harlem for an unforgettable celebration of artistry, diversity, and the boundless possibilities of dance.