Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell | Towson University


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Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell is a Professor of Dance at Towson University. She began
her dance training at the Baltimore School for the Arts under the guidance of Sylvester
Campbell and Stephanie Powell. She was an apprentice with the Capitol Ballet in Washington
D.C. and a full fellowship student at The Ailey School. She attended The Juilliard
School before joining Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Ms. Fisher-Harrell joined the
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) under the direction of Judith Jamison where
she became a principal dancer. During her 13-year tenure at AAADT, she performed all
over the world and was 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.

She is also on the faculty of the Baltimore School for the Arts. Her research and
scholarship in continuing the Ailey legacy within the Towson University and Greater
Baltimore community has resulted in the Ailey II residencies in 2011, 2012, 2013,
2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 hosted by Towson University and the establishment
of AileyCamp Baltimore at Towson University in 2014. Ms. Fisher-Harrell received her
MFA in dance from Hollins/ADF University and is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has
successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level
3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

She continues to serve as guest teacher of the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Summer
Intensive, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ailey II. Some of Ms. Fisher-Harrell’s
special performances include, the White House State Dinner in honor of the President
of Kenya (Mwai Kibaki) at the invitation of President George W. Bush and the 12th
Annual Kennedy Center Gala with Nancy Wilson and Liza Minelli. As a scholar, her entry
“Alvin Ailey” has been published by the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism.

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