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Charmaine Hunter

is a former principal ballerina of Arthur Mitchel's Dance Theatre of Harlem. Among the highlights of Charmaine’s career are command performances for European royalty and historic engagement at London’s Royal Opera House. She also performed for luminaries such as Quincy Jones, Bill Cosby, Oprah Winfrey, Nelson Mandela, Cicely Tyson, President and Mrs. Clinton, President and Mrs. Bush, Mr. and Mrs. Colin Powell, just to name a few. In 1988, as principal dancer, Charmaine was invited to perform in the former Soviet Union as part of the United States Cultural Exchange Initiative. During this historic visit, Charmaine with Dance Theatre of Harlem was inducted into the prestigious Kirov museum featuring Miss Hunter as one of the principal dancers representing as Cultural Ambassador to the United States. In 1992, Dance Theatre of Harlem again made history by traveling to South Africa for an unprecedented six week tour before the end of Apartied. DTH was the first American dance company to perform in South Africa after the 30 year cultural ban was lifted. She performed to sold-out houses and to unprecedented integrated audiences in several townships. During her 25 year career with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, she had opportunities to affect the arts in the U.S. particularly for people of color. Concomitantly spearheading an educational program with the company’s founder Arthur Mitchell, Charmaine taught in some of the country’s poorest township. The program was created specifically for young people with little to no opportunities. The now famous Dancing Through Barriers, DTH’s outreach program had its start in Johannesburg South Africa, three weeks previous to the company’s opening at the Johannesburg Civic Auditorium. Ms. Hunter relocated to Las Vegas Nevada after being offered a position in Casting with the Cirque du Soleil. She served as the organization’s talent scout for dance as well as teacher for the artists currently in the productions on the Strip. She was also invited to teach the artists class on the production of ‘A New Day’ in the Coliseum at Caesars Palace which featured Celine Dion. Charmaine then Co- founded the Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater with dancer Bernard Gaddis formerly of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and appointed the position as teaching artist with Disney Musicals in Schools through Disney Theatricals and Wolftrap Early Childhood Education through the arts with The Smith Center of Performing Arts and The Kennedy Center. Most recently, Charmaine has returned to the professional concert dance world after accepting a full time faculty position as Upper School Principal with Texas Ballet Theater. She directs the Professional Division and teaches in the Academy of Texas Ballet Theater in Fort Worth, Texas under the guidance and leadership of Ben Stevenson O.B.E. Artistic Director of Texas Ballet Theater and Director Emeritus of Houston Ballet.