Eriko Iisaku

Eriko began her dance training with her mother, Yoshimi Iisaku. In 2006, she moved to New York and entered The Ailey School as a Fellowship student for four years. She has trained at Jacob's Pillow Contemporary Tradition and ADF (American Dance Festival).

Eriko has had the opportunity to perform works choreographed by Francesca Harper , Sonia Dawkins, Iquiail Shaheed, Edger Zendejas, Helen Pickett, and appeared in Alvin Ailey's Memoria at New York City center in 2007-2009. She has performed with Dallas Black Dance Theater, New Ballet Ensemble as a Guest Artist, Eikichi Yazawa ''Still Rockin'' concert tour as a featured dancer, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and International Tanz Gala in Graz Austria.

Eriko has served as Rehearsal Director/Company Member of The Francesca Harper Project since 2010.

Amanda Sachs

Amanda Sachs was born and raised in New Jersey. She started her training at The Academy of Dance Arts in Red Bank, New Jersey. There she performed principal roles in Peter Anastos’ The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. At age 17, Amanda moved to San Francisco to be part of the Alonzo King Lines Training Program. During this program she had original roles created on her by Iratxe Ansa, Sidra Bell, Maurya Kerr, Gregory Dawson, Erik Wagner, Monica Proenca, Uri Sands, Kara Davis, Keelan Whitmore, Sandrine Cassini, and Charles Moulten, as well as performing excerpts of King’s Rasa and Ocean. She has also performed works by Dwight Rhoden, Nacho Duato, Leo Mujic, and Richard Siegal. Following the training program, Amanda danced with Dance Theatre of San Francisco and traveled to Bejing China with Iratxe Ansa as a member of Ansa’s Metamorphosis summer residency.

Amanda joined The Francesca Harper Project in 2014.


Jasmin Simmons’s formal training began at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and culminated at The State University of New York at Purchase, where she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance. This New Orleans native studied with the New Orleans Ballet Association, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet. Jasmin has been blessed to travel Europe while performing aboard the Crown Princess Cruise Ship. She has worked with Christina Noel and The Creature, Donna Crump of Good Dance Since 1984, Maya Taylor Dance, and BUKU Dance Krew.

Jasmin joined The Francesca Harper Project in 2014 and is thrilled to be embarking on a new season with the company.

Maleek Washington

Maleek Washington is a native New Yorker from the Bronx. He began his studies at Harlem School of The Arts, Broadway Dance Center and LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts. He received a full scholarship to continue his education at The Boston Conservatory. He danced for CityDance Ensemble (Washington DC), where he worked with Paul Taylor, Kate Weare, and Alex Neoral. He's performed in over 10 countries worldwide and performed at notorious national locations including The White House, the John F. Kennedy Center and Jacob's Pillow. He collaborated with McArthur Genius awardee, Kyle Abraham, and his company (A.I.M.) for four seasons. Presently, he is the first African American male performing in the immersive show Sleep No More.  He is on faculty at the Joffrey Ballet School's Jazz and Contemporary program, Broadway Dance Center and Gibney Dance, as well as being a guest teacher at Peridance, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and CityDance Conservatory (Bethesda, MD).

Maleek joined the Francesca Harper Project in 2017.   "Dancers are athletes of gods" -Albert Einstein