At just twenty-one years old, Ayisha Morgan-Lee became founder, CEO, and artistic director of Hill Dance Academy Theatre (HDAT). Fifteen years later, HDAT has touched thousands of students through technical dance training and repertory, liturgical movement, composition, summer intensives, and teacher training. HDAT’s mission is to develop and train dancers in Black dance traditions, expand knowledge and contributions of Black dance traditions, and create emerging dance artists who will sustain dance in the Black community.
Ayisha Morgan-Lee, Ph.D., leads HDAT while serving on the board of The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD), teaching at The Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School, and has recently earned her doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh Out of School Learning Program. While her decorated career has spanned the globe she remains a steadfast community leader in Pittsburgh and the Hill District, where she resides.
Ayisha Morgan-Lee leads a HDAT dance performance at Gateway Medical Center Wellness Fair. Photo by E.A. Smith.