An interview with Mel Tomlinson // Kansas City Ballet, Summer Intensive 2018

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Mel Tomlinson, master of ballet and modern dance. Mel taught during our school's Summer Intensive last year, and we had a chance to talk with him. Deemed “dynamic and electric” by the New York Times, Tomlinson danced with the New York City Ballet, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Boston Ballet. On November 27, 1981, Mel Tomlinson made his debut as the only African American member of the New York City Ballet. He also taught at University of NC School of the Arts and with the Boston Ballet’s CITYDANCE program, Boston Conservatory of Music, Harvard University, UNC-Charlotte, Charlotte Ballet, and more. We will miss him dearly and send our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. For more information about his memorial service & scholarship program please visit Beyond My Dreams by Mel A. Tomlinson as told to Claudia Folts.

Posted by Kansas City Ballet on Friday, February 8, 2019