Alison Dietterle Smith

(BA Biological Anthropology, UCSD, MFA Dance, UCI) Alison is a performer, choreographer, and educator, whose work surrounds an ecological approach to the body through an investigation of nature-inspired movement and languaging. Alison is a classically trained dancer from the San Francisco Ballet School and Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle, WA. She has performed with the Eugene Ballet Company and Ballet Pacifica. Her contemporary movement experience and aesthetic has been influenced by a seven-year relationship as a performer with Jean Isaacs’ San Diego Dance Theater, training at the José Limón Institute in NYC, and Certification at the White Lotus Yoga Foundation in Santa Barbara. Other important teachers/mentors include Nancy Mittleman-Merkens, Christopher Pilafian, Kevin Wynn, Lisa Naugle, Donald McKayle, Joe Goode, Yolande Snaith, and Anna Halprin. Alison’s work has been presented at UC Irvine, UC San Diego, San Diego State University, Palomar College, Trolley Dances, Sushi Performance and Visual Arts, The 10th Ave Theater, The Electric Lodge, Frederick Lowe Theater (NYU), Constanta Opera House (Romania), and CECUT (Mexico). Alison’s videodance Dress-Up screened at the 2004 Dance Camera West Festival in Los Angeles. In San Diego, Alison has performed with San Diego Dance Theater, Yolande Snaith’s ImagoMoves, Malashock Dance, Allyson Green Dance, and Joe Alter. Alison teaches in the Theatre and Dance Department at the University of California, San Diego and is currently in the Feldenkrais Method Professional Training program with Elizabeth Beringer. Alison’s on-going yoga practice, travels, and investigations into the language of the body, inform her work, classes, and passion for movement.