Brooklyn-born Dancer, Choreographer, Educator, and Producer, Alanna Morris Van Tassel is one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch!" for 2018 and City Pages’ Artist of the Year for 2018

A featured dancer with Minnesota-based dance company TU Dance (Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri sands, Co-Artistic Directors) from 2007-2017, Alanna danced leading roles in works by Kyle Abraham, Gioconda Barbuto, Camille A. Brown, Ronald K. Brown, Greggory Dolbashian, Katrin Hall, Francesca Harper, Dwight Rhoden, and Uri Sands.

Alanna is a 2015 recipient of a McKnight Fellowship in Dance and received the opportunity to commission a solo dance by Israeli choreographer, Idan Sharabi “Solo un poco.” In September 2018 Alanna co-produced a joint showcase of Sharabi’s work, sharing the solo alongside NY-based artist, Troy Ogilvie, in partnership with The PlaygroundNYC and Gibney Dance Center.

Alanna is a 2016 recipient of a travel/study grant from the Jerome Foundation to participant in the New Waves! Festival in Port of Spain, Trinidad (dir. Makeda Thomas), studying Afro-Caribbean dance and culture.  As a solo artist, Alanna has returned to Trinidad and Tobago, commissioning a solo, Catharsis: Shift, Overcome, Rise (an excerpt of the evening length The Assimilation of My Tongue) from choreographer, Jamie Philbert (Trinidad/New York) which premieres in 2019. 

Alanna self-produced her first solo project,“Yam, Potatoe an Fish!” in October 2018 at Off-Leash Area’s Art Box, enjoying a sold-out MN Premiere. She brought her work to Brooklyn’s OffSet Dance Fest in January 2019 and is happy to be returning to New York as a part of Gibney Dance Company’s GDC Curated 2020 season. “Yam, Potatoe an Fish!” was named Star Tribune’s Best of Dance (2018) and most recently earned her City Pages’ Best Choreographer (2019).

Alanna directs the dance department at the FAIR School Crystal, teaching 6th-8th grade. She is also Mn Artist’s new Outreach Coordinator, developing the program’s digital strategy to strengthen Minnesota’s arts community.

Alanna Morris-Van Tassel Productions (AMVTP) is a fiscally-sponsored project of Springboard for the Arts and was founded in 2017 to produce uplifting and inspiring stories of the human experience through collaborative solo performance, educational programs, and community building—and to partner with local and international artists and organizations that share a similar vision.

AMVTP most recently produced a women’s retreat for mid-career creatives, across disciplines to share and learn together through inspiring workshops, dialogue, reflection and restorative practices.

Alanna is currently working on her second project, Black Light, which deconstructs masquerade traditions as illumination for contemporary life, and does so through ultraviolet black light.

She is a proud graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (NY) and holds a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School.

Works by Kyle Abraham, Dwight Rhoden and Uri Sands. 2014-2015.

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Photo Credit: Brandon Stengel.
(One by Uri Sands)