Iyun Ashani Harrison
Iyun Ashani Harrison





Artist Statement

Teaching Philosophy






Iyun Ashani Harrison (St. Andrew, Jamaica) is the Artistic Director/Founder of ASHANI DANCES. ASHANI DANCES was relocated to Baltimore, MD in 2015 (founded in 2011 in Seattle, WA) where it is a resident dance company at Goucher College. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Juilliard School and Masters of Fine Arts degree from Hollins University/American Dance Festival. Over the 13 years of his performing career in New York City he danced with Arthur Mitchell’s Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Hispanico of New York and Ailey II. He has also danced with the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica, Seattle Dance Project and Buglisi Dance Theatre.

Harrison has danced choreography by George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, Jose Limon, Paul Taylor, Michael Smuin, Alvin Ailey, Lar Lubovitch, Donald Byrd, Talley Beatty and George Faison. His 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.

Additionally, Harrison has taught/choreographed for the Juilliard Dance Ensemble, Ailey School, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, American Dance Festival, Jamaica School of Dance, University of the West Indies at Cave Hill – Barbados, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Florida, Henderson State University, American College Dance Festival and on the full-time faculties of Cornish College of the Arts and Webster University.

Harrison’s choreography was selected for the region gala performance of the American College Dance Festival at the University of Illinois, Urban-Champaign and for the national American College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Harrison is a freelance performer, choreographer and a tenure-tracked faculty member at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. For more information visit www.ashanidances.org.

  photo by Khalil Goodman