Sad news from Dance Theatre of Harlem today:

?The Dance Theatre of Harlem, one of the most acclaimed dance troupes in the world, plans to disband its 44-member company and shut its doors for the rest of the 2004-05 season until its finances can be restructured, a dance union official said yesterday.

“They are taking a hiatus to restructure finances. It’s no secret it has been quite challenging . . . so they made the decision with conversations with us that they want to go on hiatus for one year,” said Deborah Allton, national dance executive director for The American Guild of Musical Artists, the dance union.?


?The Dance Insider Online, a popular website magazine, first reported the story yesterday.?

The story reports that the dancers will still appear in City Center?s ?Fall for Dance Festival.? Other than that,

? ?It’s horrible,” Allton said. “It’s an incredible institution: Mr. Mitchell has great courage for his artistry and everything, but it takes a business side and artistic side to keep something going and I think it’s probably a wise decision. Actually — the only decision. He did everything he could. It’s time to step back and regroup.??

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