Brooklyn-born Dancer, Educator, Choreographer and Producer, Alanna Morris Van Tassel is one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch!" 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); Brooklyn Ballet School; Creative Outlet Dance Theater (Brooklyn, NY); Tofte Lake Center (funded by the Jerome Foundation); with support from the New Waves! Festival and individual donors.
YPF! enjoyed a sold-out MN Premiere in October 2018 and travels to Brooklyn’s OffSet Dance Fest in January 2019.
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