Aesha Ash has been a professional ballet dancer for 13 years and she is using the power of imagery as well as her long career in ballet to inspire the kids in the community she grew up in.
Aesha is from Rochester NY and according to her website, 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.
She also joined Bejart Ballet, in Lausanne Switzerland, as a soloist enjoying much success and then returned to the US in 2005 where she joined Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet.
Now as a freelance ballerina Aesha started what she is calling the Swan Dreams Project and she is using it to let kids know that this art is also for them.
Via Dance Magazine:
“They’d never know that I was dreaming of becoming a professional ballet dancer. No one would think, Someday she’s going to make it into New York City Ballet,” says Ash.
“I want to show it’s okay to embrace our softer side and let the world know we’re multidimensional,” says Ash. “I remember growing up and in the bodega, you’d see images of girls in bikinis on motorbikes. I wanted to replace those with photos that show women of color in a different light.”
Check out some of the amazing photographs
Ayesha shared how she felt when she saw black ballet dancer Andrea Long, she said –“That image was everything on days when I was feeling disenchanted. I’d see that picture of her, and know that the struggles I was going through, she went through them, too.”
Aesha will be teaching a free class at her daughter’s public school and she is selling these images on her online store here.
Absolutely love this project!