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.

Stephanie Panousieris

Stephanie grew up in Dallas, Texas. After pursuing other interests during college, Stephanie's love for performance reentered her life during graduate school, where she spent time exploring dance as a universal medium for non-violent social and political protest and as a catalyst for individual and collective healing. Her graduate research culminated in a 30-minute self-produced documentary entitled Movement as Protest: How Dance Functions as a Medium for Social Change.   

After moving to Brooklyn in 2013, Stephanie began to pursue her dream of dancing professionally while continuing to explore the intersection of art and community. She became a member of The Francesca Harper Project in 2014 and later expanded her role with the company to serve as its Administrative Director and Company Manager. Along with dancing for FHP, Stephanie is also member of ELSCO Dance under the direction of Ellenore Scott. She is an instructor at Mark Morris Dance Center in both their Children/Teen and Community Outreach Programs. She also works in freelance writing, video editing, arts administration, and non-profit management and consulting.

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.