INTRODUCING THE NEXT GENERATION
Executive Artistic Director
Angela Harris is the Executive Artistic Director of Dance Canvas, Inc., a career development organization for emerging professional choreographers and youth. Angela conceived and founded Dance Canvas after witnessing the difficult path and lack of professional opportunities for young choreographers. Additionally, Dance Canvas was envisioned to create relatable professional dance experiences and new dance patrons in the Atlanta area. Angela has developed youth dance/career development programs for the City of Atlanta's Office of Cultural Affairs (Culture Club and ArtsCool), recording artist, Usher's New Look Foundation, and the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation. She has forged partnerships with the Atlanta Ballet, Atlantic Station, Rialto Center for the Arts, the French Consulate of Atlanta, National Black Arts Festival & Kennesaw State University. Through Dance Canvas, Angela has been a catalyst, consultant, and resource for numerous new dance organizations and artists throughout metro Atlanta. She received the 2011 Emerging Leader Award from Americans for the Arts and American Express, and was selected to be in the 2014 class of Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta (ALMA). Angela served on the national Emerging Leaders Council for Americans for the Arts from 2011 - 2014, and is a member of Dance USA.
Artistically, Angela Harris is originally from Baltimore, MD and is a choreographer, dancer, and a graduate of The Baltimore School for the Arts. She received her dance training at Dance Theater of Harlem, School of the Hartford Ballet, and The Eglevsky Ballet. She attended Mercyhurst College and City College of New York, earning a B.A. in Journalism, while on full ballet scholarship at Steps on Broadway. Angela has danced professionally with The Georgia Ballet, Columbia City Ballet, and Urban Ballet Theater in NYC. Angela’s Atlanta theatre performance credits include Sophisticated Ladies and Degas' Little Dancer (u/s) at the Alliance Theatre, as well as numerous productions with the Aurora Theater, including A Chorus Line, where she starred as Kristine DeLuca. She was a principal in Jasmine Guy’s production of Daughters of Alpha, in New Orleans, as well as a soloist dancer in the national tour of The Thorn, choreographed by Deanna McBrearty of New York City Ballet. Her choreography has been performed by The Georgia Ballet, Steps on Broadway Ensemble, Ballet Lubbock, Savannah Arts Academy, as well as other companies and schools across the country. She choreographed Bridges of Madison County (Aurora Theater), Little Shop of Horrors (Actor's Express), Willy Wonka and West Side Story (Fabrefaction Theater), The First Noel (True Colors Theatre Company) and most recently Theatrical Outfit's 110 in the Shade. Angela has been a master class instructor at colleges & universities across the country. She was the resident ballet instructor at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute in 2015, 2016 and virtually in 2020. Angela was awarded the 2012 Emerging Artist Award in Dance from The City of Atlanta's Office of Cultural Affairs and received a proclamation from the Atlanta City Council. Angela was selected as one of five Inaugural National Visiting Fellows at the School of American Ballet in NYC. Most recently, Angela received an SDCF Observership and worked with Susan Stroman on the new musical, Little Dancer, during its Development Lab for Broadway. Angela is on faculty at Emory University's Department of Dance and Movement Studies. She is also currently an instructor at Dekalb School for the Arts and Academy of Ballet.
“I see dance as glue for a community.”
- Twyla Tharp