Dyane Harvey-Salaam is an accomplished dancer, educator, performing artist, choreographer and certified Pilates instructor. She has performed as a principal soloist with some of the most recognized dance companies across the United States and abroad. In the spring of 2004, she participated in the New York City Dance Divas and Divos Concert? at Symphony Space, the year before she was included in the founding of the series; New York City Dance Divas at the Schomberg Library Langston Hughes Theatre with Dr Glory Van Scott, among other distinguished dancers. She was a solo performer for a benefit for Fred Benjamin, at Symphony Space in New York City, and featured artists for Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Company season finale at the Duke Theatre on Broadway.
Ms Harvey is a founding member of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Company, and has appeared nationally and internationally with concert dance companies: Eleo Pomare, Joan Miller, Chuck Davis, Walter Nicks, Fred Benjamin, Otis Sallid? New Art Ensemble, George Faison? Universal Dance Experience, Nanette Bearden? Contemporary Chamber Dance Company, Ron Pratt? Alpha-Omega 1-7 Theatrical Dance Company, Dance Brazil, and Trinidad-Tobago Repertory Dance Theatre. Her Broadway, Off-Broadway, film and television appearances include: The Wiz (original stage and film versions), Timbuktu!, Ti Jean and His Brothers, The Great Mac Daddy? The Juju Man? Spell #7 and Boogie Woogie Landscapes (original companies); Your Arms Too Short to Box With God? (Paris, France Production), Celebrate Ellington, (CBS Special), Free to Dance? (PBS Special), and The Cosby Show. She was also the assistant choreographer for the Spike Lee film, School Daze.
Her choreographer has been seen most recently in the AUDELCO award-winning production The Great Men of Gospel Music (New Federal Theatre), Loves Fire (The Acting Company), The African Company Presents Richard III, Yerma and Flying West, (NYU Graduate acting program), Spunk, The Me Nobody Knows, Runaways, The Women of Plums, The Cosby Show (dance mania Episode), Shakin The Mess Outa Misery (Capitol Repertory Company), Don, See My Bones and Think I am Dead (Urban Youth Troupe of Troupe of Henry Street Settlement), Bones of Our Ancestors (PBS Special)and served as a three-year judge for the NAACP National Act-So Awards competition in the dance category.
Ms. Harvey choreographed the world premiere production of Ntozake Shange?s newest choreopoem, Lavender Lizards and Lilac Landmines: Layla? Dream at the Constans Theatre for the University of Florida graduate training program and for Jomandi Theatre of Atlanta.
As an educator, Ms. Harvey has taught at Princeton University ( with Zeeva Cohen, a course was developed that explores the influences of Africanize dance practices on the American Dance scene), Hofstra University, Lehman College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, and the American College Dance Festival. She has been a Master Teacher for Cleo Parker Robinson?s Summer Dance Intensive program as an instructor of company classes, and has taught Master classes for numerous professional dance institutions.
Ms. Harvey has received the AUDELCO Award for choreography (Great Black Men of Gospel Music) and actress in a musical Dunbar, she has been honored by visual artist Ademola Olugebefola in his tribute? she received the Monarch Merit Award and the Black Theater Conference Ira Aldridge Award. She has served as a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts, Arts-in-Education programs and the New York Foundation for the Arts as a panelist for auditioning artists.
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