Facilitator, Washburn High School
Alissa Paris, a performance artist, choreographer, and youth advocate from the West Bank of Minneapolis, recognizes the power in the intersections of performance art and social justice. She received her B.A. in dance, theater, and social justice in 2010 from the University of Minnesota. Since 2007 she has performed with Epitome-No Question, a dance company that synthesizes hip-hop styles made popular in the New Jack Swing Era with West African dance. She has nine years of experience as a hip-hop dance instructor in Twin Cities schools and parks, and has collaborated with the Black Box Theater Program at Washburn High School since 2009. She has presented her dance choreography at Intermedia Arts, Patrick's Cabaret and at the MN Pride Festival to name a few. In 2014 she co-facilitated a workshop titled "Care for Creatives" at the Giant Steps Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center and helped organize the 2nd Annual Twin Cities Social Justice Education Fair. In the last few years she shared the stage with notable actors and playwrights Sha Cage and Junauda Alma in their sell out productions at Intermedia Arts, and recently closed a show she co-produced, choreographed and even did some writing for at the MN Fringe Festival. Paris is happy to focus on young people again, joining an all-star team of facilitators at Project SUCCESS. She loves to spend her free time writing, reading books that inform healing, and anging out on her grandmother's small goat farm.
Anything Motown or that era(oldies), Outkast, FKA Twigs
If you had to pick a theme song that would play every time you entered the room, what would it be?
“Reminisce” by Pete Rock & C. L. Smooth
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purspose By Eckahrt Tolle
The Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, The Color Purple
Sushi, Hmong sausage with purple sticky rice, & Misir Kiwot (Misir Wot) with enjera.
"What kind of ancestor do you want to be?” –Ricardo Levins Morales
Favorite subject in school:
Dance & Theater
Favorite theater experience:
When Project SUCCESS took me to see The Lion King when I was in high school, or anytime I have been onstage. I love the experience of acting onstage & how you get to know yourself as you learn about your character.
Your ultimate vacation destination:
Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
The most influential person in your life/favorite teacher or mentor:
Marian Wright Edelman & my grandmothers.
What you wanted to be when you grew up:
I wanted to be an award winning performing artist, & for a short time, an astronaut.