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 Hawaii, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and San Diego. Her music is rooted from early 20th century jazz, folk, world and spiritual music. 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) with her her partner, Wil Forbis. They recently co-wrote two musicals for children and their families entitled, The Fairy and the Dragon and Rhythm Red Riding Hood. The couple also 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 in NYC and San Diego.
Her choreographic movement aesthetic is inspired by the human element, incorporating release and breath techniques, vocals, poetry, theatre, partnering, improvisation and contemporary dance and ballet techniques. She has trained extensively in and works professionally in/with contemporary/modern dance, partnering, contact improvisation, contemporary release technique, breath work with movement. She has trained extensively in particular somatic techniques created by Horton, Luigi, Alexander, Pilates, and Skinner Release. Her dance training also includes West African dance, tap dance (rhythm and Broadway) capoeira, ballet, jazz, modern/contemporary dance, hip hop, swing and musical theatre. She holds an AA in with a selected studies in dance.
With over 20 years experience facilitating workshops and master classes, Alison Marae is thrilled to share her innovative offerings from her professional career in dance and music.
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. Alison ran her own non profit dance company for 9 years and served as the artistic director for it’s professional and pre-professional dance companies and serve as master teacher for programs and classes. She has been teaching private music lessons out of her home music studio for the last 5 years.