Princess Grace Award:
Dance Scholarship, 2018
Aliza Russell grew up in Missouri, where she trained at the Kansas City Ballet and with pre-professional company Defy Dance Project. At 16, Aliza moved to New York and studied at the Martha Graham School before attending New York University, where she's currently in her third year. In 2018, Aliza attended Springboard Danse Montreal, where she performed a new work by Maxine Doyle/Punchdrunk, and has also studied with choreographers such as Jenn Freeman, Andrea Miller, Pam Tanowitz, and David Dorfman. She has performed in spaces such as The Joyce Theater (Scottish Ballet), MMAC, Dia:Beacon (Isabel Lewis), and the Brooklyn Museum (MICHIYAYA Dance). Aliza has presented her own work at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Tisch’s Jack Crystal Theater, and Old First Reformed Church in Brooklyn, where she received a 'Director’s Choice' award.