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ASHANI DANCES Teaches Master Classes and Performs for InSpira Performing Arts & Cultural Center’s Academy Program

  • InSpira Performing Arts & Cultural Center 987 Jersey Avenue New Brunswick, NJ, 08901 United States (map)

InSpira Performing Arts & Cultural Center is proud to have the phenomenal Ashani Dances work with their Academy Program members which include the Academy in Training (AIT), Junior Academy, Intermediate Academy, and Senior Academy on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 4pm.  

Contact Kristine Smith Co-Founder/CEO at 732-247-2295 or ksmith@InSpiraArts.com for more information. 

Academy Program Director Ms. Lanette Costas–Stampley has put together an amazing day for these students. The Academy Program is for students ages seven and older that have a desire to have a rigorous dance experience.

For the 2016-2017, Ms. Stampley has planned an amazing year for the students to be exposed to various professionals in the dance world. The Academy students must have and maintain a B average in school, take at least five weekly dances classes (AIT and Junior Academy) or six weekly dance classes (Intermediate and Senior Academy) and once you reach the Intermediate and Senior levels volunteer 30 hours of dance community service.

ASHANI DANCES is Baltimore’s newest dance company. The group, which was founded by Iyun Ashani Harrison in Seattle, relocated to Baltimore in 2015 to serve as a resident dance company at Goucher College’s Center for Dance, Music and Theatre where Harrison is an Assistant Professor of Dance.

Michael Upchurch of the Seattle Times writes; “This troupe is exceptionally accomplished, and their showcase of works by artistic director Iyun Ashani Harrison is a knockout. The dancers have strong, agile ballet skills which are given intoxicatingAfrican-Caribbean twists ... joyous, sassy, intricate!”

Iyun Ashani Harrison (St. Andrew, Jamaica) is a choreographer, performer and educator. He is an alumnus of The Juilliard School (BFA) and Hollins University MFA) and went on to dance professionally with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Hispanico of New York, Ailey II, and National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica. 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. His professional accomplishments and desire to create opportunities for local, developing artists is a welcome addition to the Baltimore art scene.

InSpira Performing Arts & Cultural Center celebrates its 15th Anniversary Season. Co-
Founders Kristine and Leon Smith are excited for what the new season holds. In addition to the Academy Program, InSpira teaches dance classes and music lessons to children and adults. Their Core Values are InSpire, Create, Educate, Community, and Character. Exposing our young people to all different types dance genres and music instruments.