April 29, 2019

Introducing: DTH at CityDance Summer Intensive Faculty

We are thrilled to welcome guest artists from Dance Theatre of Harlem back for the annual DTH at CityDance Summer Intensive, June 17 - June 29, 2019.

Joining us are Lorraine Graves, Endalyn Taylor, Danielle Thomas and Keith Thomas.

DTH Resident Choreographer Robert Garland will also join us on Saturday, May 4 to teach ballet and pointe audition classes.

Learn more about our Summer Intensives, see the full summer schedule and find out how to audition here


DTH at CityDance Summer Intensive Faculty

Lorraine Graves
Lorraine Graves was a member of  Virginia Ballet Theatre before joining the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She rose to the ranking of Principal Dancer and performed with the company for 17 years. While still performing with the company she also acted as ballet mistress and rehearsal director. Prior to that, she graduated from Indiana University in three years. Ms. Lorraine is on permanent guest faculty with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, and the Virginia School of the Arts.

Endalyn Taylor
Endalyn Taylor joined the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1984 and became a principal dancer in 1993. Taylor's roles and productions include Myrta and peasant in the Peasant Pas in Giselle, the pas de deux in Le Corsaire, The Flower Festival in Genzano, Alonzo King's Ground and Signs and Wonders, Serenade, Agon, The Four Temperaments, Concerto Barocco, Stars and Stripes, Holberg Suite, Fête Noir, Etosha, Mirage, Concerto in F, Dialogues, Les Biches, Songs of Mahler and Medea. She has performed for such dignitaries as Coretta Scott King, Colin Powell, Bill Clinton, the late Princess Diana, Nelson Mandela and many others. In 1992, Taylor made her Broadway debut in Carousel and went on to perform in two other Tony Award-winning musicals, The Lion King and Aida. As an original cast member of all three shows, Taylor had the great pleasure of participating in the cast albums, two of which received Grammy nominations, as well as performing for the 1993 and 1997 Tony Awards. Taylor has been commissioned to choreograph numerous works over the last sevferal years, including Ugly Duckling as part of the Works and Process at the Guggenheim series, Dies Irae/Dies Amore for the High School of Performing Arts in New York City, Healing for the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community, and Pulcinella Suite, Journey of a Knighting Gale and Out De Blue Dream for the Orchestra of St. Luke's. Taylor has been the director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem School, where she was invited to bring 10 of her students to the White House to participate in an arts initiative of the Obamas. In 2012, Taylor received her MFA in dance from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia.

Danielle Thomas
Danielle Thomas made her entry into the world of dance at the age of four at the world-renowned Dance Theatre. For more than 25 years, Ms. Thomas has studied various genres of dance and has developed a special love for and mastery of ballet. As a professional dance artist, Ms. Thomas enjoyed gracing stages across the United States and abroad with Dance Theatre of Harlem. As a master teacher of dance, she has found joy in teaching both youth and adults and guiding them in discovering the world of dance artistry. Today, Ms. Thomas is the first Artistic Director of a professional dance theatre – The Judah International Dance Theatre and is also one of the visionaries and Artistic Director of Ballet BedStuy.

Keith Thomas
Keith Lamelle Thomas is a graduate of The Baltimore School for The Arts. After graduating, Mr. Thomas received a full scholarship to Dance Theater of Harlem. He worked his way up the ranks to become a principal dancer. Mr. Thomas then went on to have a wonderful career on Broadway and film, performing in such shows and movies as Ragtime, Red Shoes, Jellys' Last Jam, Harlem Song and Black and Blue, Malcolm X Stompin at the Savoy and The Producers. Mr. Thomas was an adjunct professor at Towson University, director of their Children's dance division, and he's had the pleasure of teaching, choreographing, assisting and consulting many seasoned and up-and-coming artists. Mr. Thomas is currently part of the CityDance faculty.


Pictured: Robert Garland (top left), Keith Thomas (center), Lorraine Graves (top right), Endalyn Thomas (bottom right), Danielle Thomas (bottom left)