SAN DIEGO — The Dance Theatre of Harlem hits the stage at San Diego's Symphony Hall tonight, but thanks to a new project funded by Pacific Telesis, San Diego schoolchildren already know a thing or two about the East Coast dancing dynamos.
With the help of volunteers from San Diego Performances, local sponsors of the Harlem troupe's seven-performance stint in San Diego, the company has launched a docent program designed to acquaint youngsters with the dancers.
"They send their employees into the schools and show (film) clips of the company and talk to the children about the Dance Theatre of Harlem," said Ruth Howell, a spokeswoman for San Diego Performances.
Many of the students will see the dancers in the flesh as well.
"In celebration of Black History Month, there will be two free matinee performances for schoolchildren," Howell said. This new community outreach program, dubbed "Great Performances for Kids," is made possible, in part, from a grant from the Pacific Telesis Foundation. Both performances are completely booked.