Alison’s artistic journey as a professional dancer, musician, choreographer, singer-songwriter, and teaching artist have made up the pieces in her life’s amazing puzzle. Her creative mind is forever growing and is always in search of life’s next lesson.
Alison has performed internationally in Paris and London, as well as in NYC, Hawaii, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and San Diego. Her music is rooted from early 20th century jazz, folk, world and spiritual music. With an intimate exploration of the heart and inspiration from the past, she is on a path to finding her own voice. Her debut EP, My Heart Can’t Take It was nominated for a San Diego Music Award.
She has performed in musical stage productions, jazz bands and as a singer-songwriter/ukulele player with her own musical projects. Her original music projects include Birdy and the Bow Tie (vintage acoustic jazz and originals) and Little Catbird (Original children’s/family music) both duos with her her partner, Wil Forbis. The couple host community ukulele strum and sing a-longs for fun way to bring people together to enjoy all the therapeutic benefits of playing a musical instrument and singing.
During her 20 year career as a professional dancer/choreographer, she has performed as a with contemporary dance companies, musicals and with independent choreographers, as well as her own work where she created 15 choreographed works for the stage.
Alison brings her nurturing and intuitive approach when facilitating workshops and master classes. As a teaching artist she has taught for her own programs in studios, for outreach arts education in public schools and worked as staff for professional dance and music studios throughout San Diego for over 17 years. Alison ran her own non profit dance company for 9 years and served as the artistic director for it’s professional company and pre-professional program, master teacher for programs and classes. In addition to teaching music (voice, ukulele and piano), Alison also teaches modern dance, ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre and a creative movement for young children.
Alison Marae has created, fused and crafted together different somatic and sound philosophies into holistic workshops for adults in an effort to create a unique mind, body and spirit experience. To shape these practices, she used her extensive studies, professional performance and teaching career in dance and music, along with her personal studies in meditation, yoga, pranayama, sounding, sound therapy, chanting mantra, kirtan and eastern philosophies.