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On March 12, 2016

Dyane Harvey

Dyane Harvey

Dyane Harvey is a founding member and assistant to the director, Abdel R. Salaam, of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Company; a 35 year-old Harlem based company whose mission is the preservation of this planet and the empowerment of their audiences. FONDT was named “Dance Company of the Year” by the Audelco membership. She has performed as principal soloist with the Eleo Pomare Dance Company for over 20 years, having toured the United States, Italy, Australia and Lagos, Nigeria as U.S. representative in F.E.S.T.A.C. (the Second Black and African Festival of Art and Culture). Her relationship with Mr. Pomare is timeless as he is responsible for shaping her approach to movement and the necessary theatricality in creating relevant art. In 2009 she reconstructed two of his solos and offered a presentation on his life as part of “The Black Dance Project” at the Centre National de la Danse in Paris. Dyane has performed with Tony Award Winning George Faison’s Universal Dance Experience, Dunham dancer Walter Nicks’ Dance Theatre, Otis Sallid’s New Art Ensemble, Nanette Bearden’s Contemporary Chamber Dance Company, Joan Miller’s Dance Players, internationally recognized Dance Brazil and the Trinidad/Tobago Repertory Dance Theatre. Most recently she served as rehearsal director for the Apollo project, “Get On The Good Foot” a celebration in dance to the music of James Brown. This project features the work of 9 different choreographers, 12 dance artists from Philadanco and 3 soloists. Commercial credits include: “Free to Dance” (PBS Special), “The Wiz” (Broadway and film), and “Timbuktu!” “Spell #7”, “Ailey Celebrates Ellington”(CBS Special), the Paris Company of “Your Arms Too Short To Box With God” at the Mogador Theatre. She was Director of the Dance Department at Stephen’s College during their Summer Dance Institute, offering eclectic programming and unusual dance exposure. As professor at both Princeton and Hofstra Universities she choreographs and has introduced two courses, one a Pilates Lab which supports the physical and mental connections that specifically dancers need reinforced to handle daily challenges; and the other, “The American Experience and Africanist Dance Practices” a practical and theoretical examination of the contributions of Africanist cultural movement to American concert dance with overwhelming student popularity. Dyane’s studies of the Pilates system of exercise began in the early 1970’s with Judith Covan-Newfeld as therapy for a knee injury. In 2000 she earned her teaching certificate from Romana Krysanowska, of the Pilates Institute. One of the most enjoyable aspects of her life is the sharing of this wonderful storehouse of knowledge through community classes as well as apparatus sessions under Ma’at Pilates, her vision of a Pilates system designed to maintain balance and create a sense of harmony for flexibility and strength, injury prevention and rehabilitation for the dancer and non-dancer . Harvey earned the Dance for Life Award (from Better Family Life, a cultural, financial and educational empowerment organization in St. Louis, Missouri), the AUDELCO Award for actress in a musical (Dunbar) and choreography (The Great Men of Gospel), the Monarch Merit Award, The Ira Aldridge Black Theatre Award, the Goddesses and Gurus Award, and “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” a recognition award given by the Hempstead African American Museum. The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce and the Harlem Arts Alliance honored her with the title “Woman of Distinction”, and most recently was honored with the Torch Bearer Pioneer Recognition Award for contributions to Black Theatre.

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