Francesca Harper

Biography

Francesca Harper started her professional dance career with the Dance Theater of Harlem. She danced with William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt 1991 – 1999 and became a Principal Dancer in 1994. Francesca has also performed in several Broadway productions including Fosse, All Shook Up, and The Color Purple. She starred as Helene opposite Molly Ringwald in a national tour of Sweet Charity in 2007, and in Judith Jamison’s role in a revival of Sophisticated Ladies in 2009. She also premiered her critically - acclaimed one-woman show at the 2002 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. As a choreographer, she has choreographed works for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Tanz Graz, The Ailey School, and her own company, The Francesca Harper Project. The Francesca Harper Project has performed at La Biennale di Venezia, Holland Dance Festival, Harkness Dance Festival, Central Park Summerstage, New York City Center, Harlem Stage, and many other venues.