Minnesota Dance Medicine Foundation

Alanna Morris-Van Tassel

MDMF Ambassador

Alanna Morris-Van Tassel is a professional contemporary Dancer, Teaching Artist, Choreographer, and Artist Organizer.  She has spent 10 seasons with Minnesota-based dance company TU Dance (Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri sands, Co-Artistic Directors) and has worked professionally with Nathan Trice/RITUALS, Andrea Miller, and Janis Brenner & Dancers.  During her tenure at TU Dance Alanna danced featured roles by celebrated choreographers, Kyle Abraham, Gioconda Barbuto, Camille A. Brown, Ronald K. Brown, Greggory Dolbashian, Katrin Hall, Francesca Harper, Dwight Rhoden, and Uri Sands.   In 2011, Morris-Van Tassel received a Minnesota SAGE Award for Outstanding Performer and is a recipient of the 2015 McKnight Dance Fellowship.   In the summer of 2016, supported by The Jerome Foundation, she traveled to Trinidad to study Afro-Caribbean dance as a part of the New Waves! Festival in Port of Spain.   In September 2017 Alanna was an Artist-In-Residence with Art On Purpose (Arima, Trinidad) where she commissioned a new solo dance by choreographer, Jamie Philbert and participated in a range of community engagement activities, including a Master Class and public showing of the works-in-progress.   Alanna continues to actively engage community in the Twin Cities by producing her own work and collaborating with many arts and educational programs and individuals.   She is currently developing a solo dance concert to premiere in Minneapolis in Spring 2018.   Alanna holds a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School.

​Alanna was a 2016 Keynote speaker for the MN Dance Medicine Conference.  She remains very grateful to MDM for being an integral part of her success by providing access to top notch ​medical treatment, referrals and resources.  She is passionate about bringing more awareness of MDM’s goals and mission to the MN dance community. ​