Tag: francesca harper

Hear From Francesca Harper, Artistic Director of Ailey II, at the 2022 Dance Teacher Awards!

Join us for an inspiring conversation with Francesca Harper, the artistic director of Ailey II, at the 2022 Dance Teacher Awards! In this intimate hour-long conversation, Harper talks about the legacy that shaped her as a young artist while her mother and mentor, Denise Jefferson, was director at The Ailey School—and shares how she has […]

Francesca Harper Teaches an Inverted Grand Rond de Jambe

Taught by Francesca Harper and demonstrated by Naya Lovell, this step borrows from William Forsythe’s quest to take classical movement vocabulary and deconstruct the shapes created. “Let the momentum at the top of the développé carry you,” says Harper, “and see how your body intuitively has its own response.” Francesca Harper  founded her own company, […]