Groundbreaking black choreographer brings his ballet troupe to South Dade

January 12, 2015 3:34 PM

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Groundbreaking black choreographer brings his ballet troupe to South Dade

Alonzo King is a rare and groundbreaking figure in several ways. He is an acclaimed contemporary ballet choreographer in a field of dance that celebrates tradition. He is the director of a successful longtime troupe, the 31-year-old San Francisco-based Alonzo King Lines Ballet, which performs Saturday at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center.

But perhaps his rarest role is as an African-American artist in the ballet world, where there are almost no black dancers and where King is the only well-known black choreographer. (Although Arthur Mitchell,the illustrious founder of Dance Theatre of Harlem, has created ballets, his achievement is p...

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