Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell


Towson Tiger Statue

Contact Info

Center of the Art, Room 1002J


The Juilliard School
M.F.A., Hollins University/ADF

Areas of Expertise

Ballet Technique
The Horton Technique
Career Planning


Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell is a Professor of Dance at Towson University. She began her dance training at the Baltimore School for the Arts under the guidance of Sylvester Campbell and Stephanie Powell. She was an apprentice with the Capitol Ballet in Washington D.C. and a full fellowship student at The Ailey School. She attended The Juilliard School before joining Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Ms. Fisher-Harrell joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) under the direction of Judith Jamison where she became a principal dancer. During her 13-year tenure at AAADT, she performed all over the world and was featured in the works of Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, Talley Beatty, Ron K. Brown, John Butler, Donald Byrd, Ulysses Dove, George Faison, Rennie Harris, Geoffrey Holder, Judith Jamison, Louis Johnson, Alonzo King, Donald McKayle, Elisa Monte, Jennifer Muller, David Parsons, and Dwight Rhoden.

She is also on the faculty of the Baltimore School for the Arts. Her research and scholarship in continuing the Ailey legacy within the Towson University and Greater Baltimore community has resulted in the Ailey II residencies in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 hosted by Towson University and the establishment of AileyCamp Baltimore at Towson University in 2014. Ms. Fisher-Harrell received her MFA in dance from Hollins/ADF University and is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

She continues to serve as guest teacher of the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Summer Intensive, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ailey II. Some of Ms. Fisher-Harrell's special performances include, the White House State Dinner in honor of the President of Kenya (Mwai Kibaki) at the invitation of President George W. Bush and the 12th Annual Kennedy Center Gala with Nancy Wilson and Liza Minelli. As a scholar, her entry "Alvin Ailey" has been published by the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism.