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Assistant to the Artistic Director & Performing Artist
Dyane Harvey is an accomplished performing artist, BESSIE award nominee (2019) and winner (2017), dance educator, choreographer, and certified Pilates instructor. She has performed as a principal soloist with many recognized dance companies and is a founding member and assistant to director Abdel R. Salaam, of The Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Company. She has appeared nationally and internationally with concert dance companies including: the Eleo Pomare Dance Company, Joan Miller’s Dance Players, Chuck Davis Dance Company, Walter Nicks Dance Company, Otis Sallid’s New Art Ensemble, George Faison’s Universal Dance Experience, Dance Brazil, and The Repertory Dance Theatre of Trinidad and Tobago. Commercial appearances include The Wiz (Broadway and original film), Timbuktu!, Spell #7, Your Arms Too Short to Box With God (Paris, France Company), Ailey Celebrates Ellington (CBS Special), Free To Dance (PBS Special). Her choreography for Black Theatre companies has earned her the AUDELCO Award for Oya the Dance Drama, and Great Men of Gospel, and The United Solo and Broadway Berkshire Awards for Becoming Othello a Black Girl’s Journey. Other awards include: A.I.R. Living Legends Award from Miami Dade Community College, Distinguished Woman Award from the Harlem Arts Alliance and the Harlem Chamber of Commerce. Aspects of her life have been recorded for the Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library Jerome Robbins Dance Division, Oral History Project, and she participated in The Dance Historian Is In, a video presentation in which she highlighted major career achievements. Her published article, “Making Movement as an Act of Listening, Riding with the Muse” was part of the CLAJ Special Edition dedicated to the legacy of collaborator, Ntozake Shange. An educator who continues to teach and design courses at both Princeton and Hofstra Universities, where she shares her philosophy about the dance of life itself.
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