Alison holds an MA, BEd and BFA Honours in dance from York University’s Dance program where she excelled in Modern - Contemporary and Ballet. The diverse program opened up her eyes to dance genres such as Salsa, Brazilian, Chinese Folk Dancing, Indian dance and the martial art of Capoeira. Alison became a dance company member of the Little Pear Garden Collective, a professional dance company specializing in Chinese and modern fusion dance. She performed for audiences in venues throughout Toronto, Canada. Eventually Alison wanted to deepen her theoretical understanding of dance and its place in culture. In 2008 she began a Master’s degree in dance and finished with Honours in 2010. Her thesis was on First Nations dance in Canada looking at how dance can act as a window into the past, present and future of First Nations culture and history. It became increasingly clear to Alison that dance could inspire change and could spark understanding between people, bringing them together. In 2011 Alison was hired by the local Toronto District School Board where she developed and taught many high school programs including modern dance at Etobicoke School of the Arts.