Black History Month is starting off strong! Hubbard Street Dance Company has appointed a new Artistic Director (head honcho), and Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell is more than qualified for the position. After dominating the dance scene in Chicago, New York and Baltimore during her teaching and performing career, Fisher-Harrell is ready to tackle arts administration of a top tier company here as the first Black female AD of the local dance company!
Fisher-Harrell danced with Hubbard Street for three years here in Chicago after earning a degree in dance from the prestigious Juilliard School. After performing with Hubbard Street for three successful seasons, she joined the Alvin Ailey Dance Company in New York. In her 13-year career at Ailey, Fisher-Harrell achieved the highest possible ranking of principal dancer, and performed many hallmarked works of the company that have lasted decades in modern dance history. Upon her return to Baltimore and working at her own high school, the Baltimore School for the Arts, Fisher-Harrell directed her focus towards community engagement and connecting audiences of all kinds with the works companies put out. She says that this is also her focus for Hubbard Street. Reuniting audiences with the aesthetics of an experimental company is a tough task, especially after such a challenging year in which lower class audiences are left feeling out of touch with high art.
Fisher-Harrell’s family includes her husband, dog, and three children. She will reside in Chicago while remaining committed to her work teaching and directing the company towards opportunities for accessibility for the community as well.
By Leah Ollie, Senior, Whitney Young Magnet High School