Alyssa Amarshi

Whine Yo Waist

Having parents from Tanzania, and of Indo-Ismaili heritage, Alyssa has always been interested in diverse types of cultural expression, especially through the lens of art and dance. As a preteen, her passion for performing and expressing grew while she was working with Bollywood dance companies. In high school, her friends from the West Indies exposed her to Dancehall. After moving to Vancouver, she trained with SOULdiers Dance Company and Ketch Di Vybz where she further fortified her understanding in street dance and love of Dancehall. With mentors who fostered her immense passion, she went on to dance on stage with award-winning A Tribe Called Red; perform for the acclaimed TED Talk celebration Party; move audiences at Bass-coast and Shambala; win regionals at the prestigious Ismaili Diamond Jubilee Art Showcase; win Vancouver’s first Dancehall Battle; be featured in media from art galleries to MTV to the silver screen; and sit on panels for the City of Vancouver and the Reach Gallery on diversity in the arts. Through dance, expression, and joy Alyssa strives to pay homage to the cultures and people who have influenced her artistic journey and to foster connection between communities and with the natural world.

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