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Allegro Alumni - where are they now

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Allegro dancers are given the tools to not only be great dancers but also great people with phenomenal work ethic! We are proud of all of our Allegro students and all their successes! Here are just a few in no particular order.......

Brenna Benson

Becky Sturgis

Camryn Mackey

Cassandra April Gretchen Lirio Hayley Louise Mc Junkin

Cassandra April

Gretchen Lirio

Haley Louise McJunkin

Jaime Katzer Joseph Schanbeck

Jamie Katzer

Joseph

Schanbeck

Missy Bennett Leah Diaz Mackenzie Walker

MacKenzie Walker

Missy Bennett

Leah Diaz

Marissa Martinez Melissa Bennett zach Kelley

Marrisa Martinez

Melissa Bennett

Zach Kelley

Amanda Sullivan

Amanda Sullivan

  • Graduated Chapman University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance

  • Dancer on Princess Cruises’ Ocean Princess traveling to 34 different countries

  • Dancer at Sandcastle Theater and Baldyga Group International in Saipan

  Graduated June of 2011

  Although I was only at Allegro for one short year, I am blessed to have had the opportunity to train with the best of the best and take away memories and friendships that will last forever.

  I was immediately welcomed with open arms when arriving my senior year of high school, looking for a studio to challenge and push me. This studio turned out to be much more then a facility to help me train, but rather became my home away from home.

  Dancing at Allegro eventually lead me to Chapman University, where I graduated with honors earning my BFA in dance and am now proudly working as an international professional dancer. My time on Vivace showed me the true meaning of being on a team and working with others to achieve goals and pursue our passions.

Graduated in 2007

  I started with Allegro when I was 12 years old and started taking tap classes again 7 years after I first put tap shoes on. My first Allegro showcase was with my mother in “Car Wash.” I will never forget the feeling of finding a form of dance that felt so much a part of me than any other form.

  I was never very flexible, I did not have a ballet build, but when I put tap shoes on everything felt right in the world of dance. I credit Allegro for my love for tap flourishing.

  Next to that love was the group of dancers that were made into lifelong friends. We have all gone our separate ways now but when we all get back together it is like nothing ever changed.

  Allegro is not just about dance, it is about being a supportive, loving family.

  • I am going into my 6th year of living in NYC and my 2nd year working my current job at Theatre Development Fund.

  • I work on programs that help people with disabilities see Broadway and off-Broadway productions.

  • I take pole fitness classes, rock climb, and hike any chance I get but hope to strike up the courage to get back into a dance studio someday.

  • I am working on becoming fluent in American Sign Language.

  • I graduated High School (and thus Allegro) in 2007.

  I was constantly inspired at Allegro both as a person and an artist. My relationship with Tonya and Tiffany and the rest of the staff is the best thing I have taken away from my time at Allegro.

 They will be life long mentors that I will always want to be involved in my life. I cannot thank Allegro enough for equipping me with skills I now use to be the best person and performer I can be.

Graduated June of 2011

I will always cherish the memories I have of dancing at Allegro. From building strong relationships to falling in love with the unique flow of each style, it helped me grow as a person and has shaped who I am today. Through dance, I learned to appreciate and grow from criticism, to constantly strive for improvement and also to find a balance of discipline and determination within myself to achieve goals in all aspects of my life.  Looking back, I loved the environment within my dance classes because everyone was there to work hard, but still have fun doing what they love.

Currently working at Microsoft as a Design Developer.

•Planning for a wedding since I recently got engaged!

•Recently completed the STP, a 205 mile bike ride from Seattle to Portland. Training for a half marathon next!

•Living in South Lake Union and spending my evenings playing golf, paddle boarding and doing yoga.

valerie

Valerie Golliff

Graduated in 2016

One of my favorite Allegro memories was from our final showcases on team, when we performed our Senior Solos.  We’d sit onstage to watch the others dance, and when they were finished dancing, we’d immediately run up to hug them.  It was such a great, meaningful way to see how far we’ve all come, and remind ourselves that there’s so much more to come!

Attending Western Washington University in Bellingham, studying kinesiology and dance!

 

Some of the best of our Alumni have become teachers right here at Allegro. Click on their names for their bios.

Jared

Graduated in 2013

  Allegro cares in creating a dancer who will be confident enough to tackle the professional dance world.

  Not only do they train dancers to be technically strong, but the faculty makes sure to teach their students etiquette, discipline, and to find their own voice as an artist.

•Member of 10 Hairy Legs, Natalie Johnson Dance and Rovaco Dance Company

•Working on individual projects with other Tisch Dance graduates that will perform at various events in and out of New York City

•Making a series of works to explore my own choreographic voice

adam a

Graduated in 2015

  Adam has completed his freshman year as a member of the inaugural class at the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance with a Dance Scholarship!

monica

Graduated in 2013

  Monica has just completed her second contract as a dancer on the Majesty of the sea for Royal Caribbean, will be heading back in awhile on her third contract as a dancer and an aerialist.

hannahy

Graduated in 2015

  Hannah is majoring in dance at Western Washington University, is a member of their hip hop team, has been teaching at a studio in Bellingham, perfomed in ‘How Space Turns’ at the Western Art Gallery as well as the dance program concerts.

everett

Graduated in 2015

Everett is a member of and choreographs for Western Washington University Hip hop dance team and is in the works at creating a contemporary club at WWU.

melanie

Graduated in 2007

  Allegro gave me my foundation--not only in dance and in the professional world, but in being a decent human being. The friendships I have gained from this place are irreplaceable and forever special in my heart.

  When I think of Allegro I think of passion, grit, growing from the inside out, plenty of belly laughs, and most of all, home.

•Dance Instructor & Choreographer at Youth Theatre Japan in Osaka, Japan & at Westlake Dance Center in Seattle, WA.

•Graduate student at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology working towards my masters in Counseling Psychology

•Happliy married to another former Allegro teacher, volunteering & traveling around the world, dancing & modeling on the side.

connor (2)

Graduated in 2015

  Connor is a working dancer in Los Angeles!

  Some of the shows and artists he is working with are:

 

•Pro-assistant with Velocity Dance Convention

•Choreographer/Director -Brian Friedman

•Choreographer—Ian Eastwood

•BET Awards - Janet Jackson Tribute -Choreographer Gil Duldulao

...and those are just a few. There is Allegro Alumni family everywhere!

Adam Agostino

Monica Hernandez

Hannah Rothschiller

Everett Busineius

Melanie Roque

Connor Gormley

Elisa Backer

Elisa Backer

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