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BIO

Alyshia Sheree is a classically trained dancer from Huntsville, Alabama. She blogs about the intersection of dance, motherhood and personal style at her website, AlyshiaSheree.com.

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About

Alyshia Sheree Harper, MA, is a freelance performer, choreographer, teaching artist, and proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. She is a wife and mother who enjoys spreading joy, love, laughter, and all things creative and educational! 

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."

Jeremiah 29:11-13

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Education

Alyshia Sheree began her dance training at Shoals Dance Academy in Florence, AL before going on to earn a BA in Dance from The University of Alabama and a MA in Dance and Studio Related Studies from Florida State University. Throughout her training and career, she has studied under artists such as Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, Suzanne Farrell, Gerri Houlihan, Sue Samuels, Cornelius Carter, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Alyshia has performed works by notable choreographers such as Warren Adams, Christopher Gatelli, and Tally Beatty. 

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Career

While pursuing her MA, she interned as a Group Sales Representative and served as an Ambassador for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. She also danced with Jazz Roots Dance Company under Artistic Director Sue Samuels. Upon receiving her Master’s degree, she became an Equity dancer with the Walt Disney Company in Orlando, FL. A few of her Disney performance credits include Beauty and the Beast Live On-Stage (Swing Performer); Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular (Dance Captain); Villains Mix and Mingle, A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas; Harambe Nights: The Lion King Concert in the Wild (Featured Dancer: Nala); and Disney’s Christmas Day Parades. In 2011 she acquired a stunt double role for a lead actress in the ABC Television series remake of Charlie’s Angels. Upon returning to Disney full time, she became an inaugural member of ME Dance Company under the direction of Marshall Ellis in addition to resuming her full-time performance responsibilities. Most recently, she had the pleasure of performing at The Black Music Honors alongside The Jacksons and is currently a company member with Alabama based dance company INNERGY, Inc.

Vision

In 2013 Alyshia returned to Alabama to pursue her passion of teaching theater and dance where her roots in performing arts began. She has choreographed and directed concert dance, liturgical dance, collegiate dance lines, stage plays, and show choirs. This is where her emphasis on community growth and outreach began to flourish. Her philosophy as an artist stresses the beauty of discipline, self-discovery, and communication through the art of dance and creative movement. Alyshia seeks to use physical movement as a medium to journal life through dance. Her current projects and research interests highlight the beauty of dance as a means of communication and connectivity focusing on the intersection of womanhood, motherhood, and blackness. A combination of those three elements gave her a voice centered in self-awareness and community. Alyshia utilizes her social media platforms to share and engage while collaborating with brands for social change initiatives and campaigns related to women’s health, financial awareness, social consciousness, and motherhood and family. Currently she allows her passion to continue to drive her efforts while gaining very rewarding experiences via choreographic, performance, and teaching opportunities along the way. Her goal is to foster a nurturing dance environment where whomever she encounters can realize their fullest potential, while inspiring a great love for and appreciation of the arts. As a woman of faith, she gives all thanks and praises to God for her gift and purpose.

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