Ms. Allison has been dancing since she was three years old. She danced in private studios until she graduated from high school. She participated in dance competition from age 9-18 in large group, trio, duet, and solo. She enjoyed the challenge of competition and won many awards. Beginning at age 14 she attended dance workshops and seminars across the country including New York City, Miami, Chicago and Minneapolis. She had the opportunity to study under Joe Tremaine, Wade Robson, Art Stone, Doug Caldwell and Sarah Jo Fazio. She was able to expand her knowledge of dance by attending Broadway musicals and theatre performances. These experiences provided her the background and love and passion for dance.
To pursue her dreams of being a teacher and include her love of dance she decided to go to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA where she majored in Elementary Education with a minor in dance. Ms Allison returned to Iowa and continued her education at UNI pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Dance minor. She added a second bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science-Dance Education and graduated from UNI in December 2009 with two BAs and a minor in Dance.
Ms. Allison’s experience includes:
- Assistant at private dance studio throughout high school
- Sunday School teacher throughout high school
- Taught at Private Studio owned by the Director of Dance at LSU while in Baton Rouge-1 year
- Taught all classes at a Private Studio in Waverly and Cedar Falls-3 years
- Danced with UNI’s Orchesis Dance Company for 2 years, 1 year as an officer
- Child Care Assistant at local Day Care Center
She has the following certifications: OSHA-Blood borne pathogens; High Risk Behavior Training; First Aid; Child Abuse Mandatory Reporter
She is a Member of: Americans for the Arts and National Association of Professional Women
The summer of 2008 Ms. Allison opened Allison’s Dance Center in Cedar Falls, offering a full range of dance services for children beginning at age 2.
Ms. Allison continues to be an active part of Dance Education not only at her studio but also within the community by working with day cares in the area to include dance/movement in their curriculum, working with Girls Scouts to earn their dance badge, judging auditions for Orchesis Dance Company at UNI, volunteer teacher of Movement Outlet at UNI, hosting events such as “bring a friend” to dance at her studio, and educating the community about the many benefits of dance.
Ms. Allison’s education, dance experience, enthusiasm, professionalism, and passion for dance brings the best dance education and experience to the young dancers at Allison’s Dance Center.
“I look forward to many years of offering quality dance education in the Cedar Valley”. -Ms. Allison