F&F 15: Representation in Ballet and the Swan Dreams Project with Aesha Ash

In this episode, Nikki chats with Aesha Ash, retired professional ballet dancer about representation in ballet, the power of images, and her work through the Swan Dreams Project to challenge and change the stereotype of how African American women are perceived by society.

They also discuss:

  • Her shift in perception of self after turning 40
  • Her experience being the principal dance double for Zoe Saldana in the movie Center Stage
  • The work she is doing to bring ballet, fitness, and culture to children who live in inner cities.

About Aesha Ash

Aesha has been a professional ballet dancer for 13 years. After attending the legendary School of American Ballet, she joined the New York City Ballet at the age of 18, where she remained for eight years dancing numerous soloist and principal roles. Aesha then joined the legendary Bejart Ballet, in Lausanne Switzerland, as a soloist. After enjoying success in Europe, she returned to the United States in 2005 where joined Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet. After a tremendous amount of growth and learning, Aesha went freelance. She began working with Morphoses, founded by Christopher Wheeldon. Aesha has been featured in Dance Magazine, Pointe Magazine, Bazaar, Marie Claire, the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle, to name a few. You will find Aesha featured in the New York City Ballet Workout II, Barbie Nutcracker, as well as the principal dance double for Zoe Saldana in the movie Center Stage.

To connect with Aesha, say hello on instagram.com/gracefitstudio or visit her website theswandreamsproject.org.

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