Mitchell is honorary chair for ballet competition

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Arthur Mitchell, founding artistic
director of Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York, has been chosen as
the honorary chairman of the USA International Ballet Competition.

His selection was announced Tuesday by the organization.

The competition, which takes place every four years in Jackson,
Miss., will be held June 12-27 at Thalia Mara Hall. Dancers will
compete for gold, silver and bronze medals, cash awards, company
contracts and scholarships.

Mitchell, 75, was awarded the National Medal of the Arts in 1995
and received a Kennedy Center honor in 1993. He performed with the
New York City Ballet for 15 years.

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