Hubbard Street Dance Chicago has chosen Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell as its Inventive Director, following an government search course of led by Arts Consulting Group. She’s going to start her tenure on March 1, 2021.
A Baltimore native, Ms. Fisher-Harrell has been a dance educator since 2005. Passing on her information and expertise to future artists of all ages, she has taught at Townson College, Baltimore Faculty for the Arts, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the HSDC Summer time Intensive. She has additionally served as Director and Principal Grant Author at Aileycamp Baltimore and Ailey II Residencies at Townson.
Ms. Fisher-Harrell started her dance coaching on the Baltimore Faculty for the Arts and later studied at The Juilliard Faculty. In 1989, she was invited to hitch HSDC and was shortly given featured roles, together with in Daniel Ezralow‘s Learn My Hips, Margo Sappington‘s Mirage, and Twyla Tharp‘s Baker’s Dozen and The Golden Part. She later turned a principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater beneath the path of Judith Jamison, performing a number of iconic lead roles throughout her 13-year tenure. Along with performing works by Ailey and Jamison, she was seen in Ron Ok. Brown’s Grace, Alonzo King’s Following the Delicate Present Upstream, Lar Lubovitch‘s Fandango, and quite a few works by Ulysses Dove. Ms. Fisher-Harrell holds a grasp of advantageous arts diploma from Hollins College.
In making the announcement, HSDC Board Chair Steven Collens mentioned, “Because the nation’s premier up to date dance firm, we’re delighted to welcome such a star to guide us into the longer term. Ms. Fisher-Harrell has the imaginative and prescient, expertise, and relationships to rebuild pleasure for dance as an important and dynamic up to date artwork kind as we steadily return to the stage within the subsequent yr. Her extraordinary profession to this point as an artist and educator makes her the best particular person to advance Hubbard Avenue’s wealthy tradition of studying, progress, and the artistic course of.”
“I’m excited to get began,” mentioned Ms. Fisher-Harrell. “My imaginative and prescient for Hubbard Avenue contains making a extra accessible, thrilling, and numerous future for the corporate. Collectively, we’ll proceed to push up to date dance and society ahead by presenting difficult and numerous voices. We’ll search to additional combine Hubbard Avenue into the Chicago neighborhood, augmenting our work in Chicago’s public colleges and constructing genuine collaborations with organizations and artists all through town. Most significantly, we’ll work to encourage audiences, filling their hearts with pleasure in these difficult occasions.”
“ACG was honored to work with the distinguished Hubbard Avenue Dance Chicago to put Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell on this essential function,” mentioned ACG Senior Vice President Douglas R. Clayton. “Ms. Fisher-Harrell’s expertise as a devoted dance educator and gifted performer will definitely assist advance HSDC’s mission to deliver artists, artwork, and audiences collectively to complement, interact, educate, and alter lives via the expertise of dance. We want her success as HSDC embarks on its subsequent part as one of many world’s main up to date dance firms.”
Photograph credit score: Kanji Takeno