Alison is a Teacher, Examiner, Adjudicator, Committee member and Tap Syllabus creator. Her passion for Tap dance particularly, began at 4 years old.
She teaches at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom, enjoys teaching teachers, but also loves to teach children and really enjoys her time at her own school.
She danced professionally for 14 years culminating in 7 years in Las Vegas. Whilst working in America, she studied with many of the great American tap dancers, teachers and performers at Tap Festivals in Los Angeles, St Louis and Chicago. Gregory Hine, Brenda Bufalino, Sam Weber , Diane Walker and Jason Samuels Smith, to name a few. Being in the USA from 1997-2006 was a great time to be in the USA as a tap dancer. It was a time before we lost some of our most inspirational talents. She was very honoured to have met and talked to Peg Leg Bates, Cholly Atkins, Jimmy Slyde, Maceo Anderson and Prince Spencer. Whilst in Las Vegas she studied with Henry Le Tang for 2 years, assisting him on classes in St Louis Tap Festival
Returning to the UK, she became involved in updating and re choreographing the ISTD Tap Syllabi, a chance to share with the UK what she had learnt. She became a Fellow of the ISTD in 2007 and is a member of the Tap Committee.
She has lectured many times for the ISTD and Tap Attack. Teaching teachers is a big passion of hers. To improve tap in this country, the teachers need to be inspired. She enjoys to lecture courses around the UK and Europe.
Her passion has always been Tap Dance, to improve and inspire whoever she could in the UK, to help bring our standards in line with the Europeans and Americans.