Hill Dance Academy Theatre (HDAT)

2900 Bedford Avenue

Second Floor

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

412-586-7903

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This website was created officially by

E.A. Smith

Hill Dance Academy Theatre is a 501c3 Non-Profit organization located in the Historic Hill District, Pittsburgh, PA.

 

The Mission of Hill Dance Academy Theatre, to develop and train students 3 to 18-year-olds, in Black Dance Traditions, expand knowledge of Black Dance Traditions and develop emerging Dance Artists to sustain Black Dance as an Art form in Black communities.

© 2018 Hill Dance Academy Theatre Home of Ju.B.Lation Spirit Filled Feet

Ayisha Morgan-Lee, MAM

Founder, CEO, and Artistic Director

As a woman and dancer of African descent, my artistic statement of expression has developed through creating a process of sharing techniques of Black dance that pay homage and respect to great dancers who came before me and paved the way for me to work as a Black dance artist.  I use diverse styles of music from African, jazz, gospel, contemporary and spirituals to create and perform pieces that speak to the diverse Black communities.  I dance: for love of the art form, for freedom, to inspire and to educate. When I teach dance, I create dance for students of all ages as history lessons of rhythmic movement and music.  My goal is to develop Black dancers who understand that they are standing on the shoulders of countless ancestors who paved the way for them to do and be whatever they set their minds to as dance artist and people.  I use teaching and performing as a means of breaking down cultural and racial stereotypes and barriers in dance, especially in the discipline of ballet. I want Black students of dance and the larger society to see, know and value that they can move with grace and style no matter the body type shape, style or race.  I want the viewers of my dances to experience the beauty of pattern, or to allow the images I embed in pieces or choreography to unlock their literary, thinking, feelings, powers, and energies.