Yasmeen Giovanna attended Tisch School of the Arts, New York University as a Master of Fine Arts student. During her tenure at Tisch, Giovanna concentrated on dance + technology, while taking film classes. An entrepreneur, artist, dancer, photographer and filmmaker, Giovanna’s most recent project includes performing at The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage with BREathe Dance Project.
Giovanna trained with The Ailey School, Ronald K. Brown Evidence Dance Company, Atlanta Ballet and Ballethnic Academy of Dance. In 2017, she received a full scholarship to attend Toscana Dance Hub in Florence and Agropoli, Italy. During her tenure, she performed works by Molissa Fenley, Davide di Pretoro and Piero Leccese. She also choreographed, documented and showcased "Leitmotif," a work based on the responsibility of artists in society.
Upon graduating from Howard University with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine and minor in Dance, Giovanna interned with American Ballet Theatre in the education department for their Project Plié initiative, where she helped orchestrate ballet classes for over 40 Boys and Girls Clubs across the nation.
During her years at Howard University, Giovanna performed in "Carmen" with the Washington National Opera at The Kennedy Center, “Keuchen” choreographed by Royce Zackery at the International Association of Blacks in Dance and was featured in a “28 Days of Dance” online exhibition: a collaboration with Brown Girls Do Ballet. She studied abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico as a Lucy Moten Scholar after being awarded a scholarship from Howard to research ballet and traditional dance.
Her recent travels to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates led her to create a short dance film in collaboration with cinematographer, Steve Jeter. Giovanna’s work is a culmination of colors, the exploration of self and defying barriers through movement.