Alison had had a love for dance began as small child when, inspired by a neighborhood friend she signed up for community jazz dance. From the moment she took her first class she dreamt of being a professional dancer. She completed two years of classes prior to being sidelined by severe arthritis in her hip joint. Unable to contend with the serious physical demands of the art form, she gave up on her aspirations.

But in 2009 she was sent a video of an award-winning routine featuring a dancer with a disability. Alison started to believe there might be room in the dance world for her after all. It was then that she discovered iDANCE, Edmonton’s Integrated Dance group. She began to attend classes and quickly immersed herself into the community and its amazing dancers.

In January of 2011, she realized her professional dance dreams, performing with Orchesis Dance Society in their “Dance Motif.” Alongside her work with these two dance groups, she has also begun performing with CRIPSiE (Collaborative Radically Integrated Performers Society in Edmonton). In 2013, she started to explore the art of choreography.

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