Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell is an Assistant Professor at Towson University. She began her dance training at the Baltimore School for the Arts under the guidance of Sylvester Campbell and Stephanie Powell. While still in high school, she was invited to be an apprentice with the Capitol Ballet in Washington D.C. She was a scholarship student at The Ailey School and attended The Juilliard School where she worked with great choreographers Anna Sokolow, and John Taras. In 1989, Ms. Fisher-Harrell joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, performing extensively throughout the United States and Europe the works of Twyla Tharp, Margo Sappington, and Daniel Ezralow. In 1992, Ms. Fisher-Harrell fulfilled a life long dream and joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater under the Artistic Direction of Judith Jamison where she became a Principal Dancer. During her 13 year tenure at AAADT, she a vast array of some of the worlds most exciting and innovative choreographers; featured in the works of Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, Talley Beatty, Ron K. Brown, John Butler, Donald Byrd, Ulysses Dove, George Faison, Rennie Harris, Geoffrey Holder, Judith Jamison, Louis Johnson, Alonzo King, Donald McKayle, Elisa Monte, Jennifer Muller, David Parsons, and Dwight Rhoden just to name a few. She has performed and taught all over the United States as well as, Canada, Japan, China, Israel, Egypt, /South Africa, Cyprus, Greece, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Poland, The Netherlands, England, Brazil, and Chile.
In addition to performing, she also enjoys teaching company ballet class (AAADT and Ailey II) as well as teaching master classes and workshops at institutions like the American Dance Festival (ADF) to adults and children of all ages all over the world. In addition to the Towson University Dance Department, Ms. Fisher-Harrell is also on faculty at the Baltimore School for the Arts. She received her M.F.A. in dance from Hollins/ADF University. Ms. Fisher-Harrell has received many awards including first place in the National ACT-SO Competition sponsored by the NAACP. She was a finalist in the Arts Recognition and Talent Search in Miami, FL and has received five Individual Artist citations from the state of Maryland. Some of her special performances include, the White House State Dinner for the president of Kenya (Mwai Kibaki), the 12th Annual Kennedy Center Gala with Nancy Wilson and Liza Minelli, The World Stars of the Opera International Ballet Gala in Budapest, Hungary (2001,2003,2005), the Stars of the 21st Century in Paris and Toronto, the Black Dance Celebration in Genoa, Italy, Fall for Dance Festival in New York, NY, Symphony With a Twist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Extraordinary Life of Miss Katherine Dunham Tribute at Symphony Space, New York, NY.
Ms. Fisher-Harrell is the recipient of the prestigious DANCE/USA grant. Read More. Just recently, she was honored with other past and present artists from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre with the 24th Annual New York Dance and Performance Award, The Bessie Schonberg or "Bessie" in the performance category for their contributions to American Dance. This award was presented to these artists for "a continuous display of magnificent individual dancers who have always come together as a transcendent whole since their company's inception; taking dance and American culture to the corners of the world as eloquent ambassadors, and for an unforgettable 50th anniversary season that has audiences reveling in the aisles."
Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell to perform in Judith Jamison Farewell
Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell will represent the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre at the prestigious Chicago Dancing Festival.
Ms. Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell will be performing the solo "CRY" choreographed by Mr. Ailey at the prestigious Chicago Dancing Festival in August of 2009. Ms. Fisher-Harrell preformed this work numerous times during her tenure as a Principal Dancer with the Ailey Company.
Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, Recipient of DANCE/USA Grant
This grant is part of Round 3 of the American Masterpieces: Dance-College Component, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, which is administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) with DANCE/USA. This grant will support the reconstruction of Mr. Alvin Ailey's Mary Lou's Mass, Streams, The Lark Ascending, Blues Suite, and Reflections in D by Troy Powell to be performed April 22-24, 2010. Outreach will include a matinee for public school children, a lecture with Ms. Sylvia Waters, master classes, a mini-performance by Ailey II for public schools, and an evening performance by Ailey II.
Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell wins "Bessie Award"
Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, Assistant Professor and former Principal Dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre has been awarded the "Bessie" Award as part of the 24th Annual New York Dance and Performance Awards. Five decades of Ailey dancers were applauded for "A continuous display of magnificent individual dancers who have always come together as a transcendent whole since their company's inception; taking dance and American culture to the corners of the world as eloquent ambassadors, and for an unforgettable 50th anniversary season that has audiences reveling in the aisles."