Brooklyn-born Dancer, Educator, Choreographer and Producer, Alanna Morris Van Tassel is one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch!" for 2018 and was recently named as 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 retuned to Trinidad and Tobago, commissioning a solo from Trinidadian choreographer, Jamie Philbert to premiere in 2019.
Alanna developed “Yam, Potatoe an Fish!” as an Artist-In Residence with Art On Purpose (Arima, Trinidad); through residencies with the Brooklyn Ballet School, Creative Outlet Dance Theater (Brooklyn, NY) and Tofte Lake Center (funded by the Jerome Foundation). Additional support was provided by the New Waves! Festival in Port of Spain, Trinidad; Movement Research at Judson Church (NY) and individual donors.
Alanna enjoys teaching dance in K-12 public schools.
Since 2015 she has been re-staging the works of Uri Sands on TU Dance.
She is a proud graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and holds a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School