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Iyun Ashani Harrison

Iyun Ashani Harrison is the founder and creative director of Ballet Ashani (formerly Ashani Dances). Harrison is a graduate of The Juilliard School, received an MFA from Hollins University, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Education at Marymount University. He has danced with Dance Theatre of Harlem under the artistic direction of Arthur Mitchell, Ballet Hispanico of New York under the artistic direction of Tina Ramirez, Seattle Dance Project, and Ailey II under the artistic direction of Sylvia Waters. Harrison’s television credits include PBS’ Setting the Stage 2007, NBC’s ‘20th Hispanic Heritage Awards, PBS’ Who’s Dancin’ Now? – Arts Education in Your Community and The South Bank Show in England.

Harrison’s choreography has been commissioned by the Juilliard Dance Ensemble, Ailey School, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Collage Dance Collective, Men in Dance, American Dance Festival, Boost Dance Festival, University of Florida, Henderson State University, Pomona College, Jamaica School of Dance, and University of the West Indies at Cave Hill, Barbados.

Harrison has held several academic positions, including professorships with Cornish College of the Arts, Goucher College, and Webster University. He has also taught on the faculties of Pacific Northwest Ballet School, The Ailey School, Peabody Conservatory, and Maryland Youth Ballet. For more information, visit http://balletashani.org, @iyunashani: FaceBook & Instagram; @balletashani: FaceBook & Instagram.

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Iyun Ashani Harrison is the founder and creative director of Ballet Ashani (formerly Ashani Dances). Harrison is a graduate of The Juilliard School, received an MFA from Hollins University, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Education at Marymount University. He has danced with Dance Theatre of Harlem under the artistic direction of Arthur Mitchell, Ballet Hispanico of New York under the artistic direction of Tina Ramirez, Seattle Dance Project, and Ailey II under the artistic direction of Sylvia Waters. Harrison’s television credits include PBS’ Setting the Stage 2007, NBC’s ‘20th Hispanic Heritage Awards, PBS’ Who’s Dancin’ Now? – Arts Education in Your Community and The South Bank Show in England…