Finding Home | Aesha Ash | TEDxRochester

Are we limiting the talents, ambitions and possibilities of our youth – boxing them in by constraints of prejudice, stereotypes and narrow expectations? From the inner City of Rochester, NY to the New York City Ballet, Aesha Ash takes us down the path of what led up to her creation of The Swan Dreams Project. A former professional ballerina and a Women Making History award recipient, Aesha reminds us that home should give you roots that we return to happily, but should not limit our possibilities. Aesha Ash 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. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx


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