Instructor — Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre & Dance
Alyssa Alger received her B.A. in dance from Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA. While there, she performed extensively, including the title roles in many classical ballets and original works. While working to complete her undergraduate degree, she performed professionally with Sacramento Ballet in Ron Cunningham’s The Nutcracker and Carmina Buraña, and Balanchine’s Theme and Variations as well as numerous works with Ballet Concerto in Fort Worth, Texas. In 2010 she earned her certification in STOTT Pilates.
In 2013, Alger graduated with her MFA Degree in Dance Performance/Choreography and her Certificate in College Teaching from The University of Arizona. While at UA, Alger had the opportunity to see her choreography presented in the Student Spotlight series of April 2012. Alger enjoyed many performance opportunities including the principal role in Balanchine’s Rubies. Excerpts from her Master’s Thesis have been selected for performance at The Pearl Choreographic Showcase in New York City, Michigan Youth Arts Festival and Michigan Dance Festival.
Post graduation, Alger served as Artist in Residence for The University of Arizona School of Dance. During that time, she staged works for The University of Arizona Opera Theatre, performed in several works including Ben Stevenson’s Four Last Songs, and taught several courses to dance majors. For the 2015 spring semester, Alger acted as Ballet Chelsea’s Associate Artistic Director.