Alison began her dancing career at the age of five when she debuted her pumpkin ballerina costume in her first elementary school performance. After this, she moved beyond the tutu to compete as a high school student on her local university ballroom dancing team, and then in college she performed and competed as a member of the University of Utah Ballroom Dance team. Her areas of specialty were West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Cha-cha, Mambo and Salsa and other Latin ballroom and club dances. Having studied violin, piano, guitar and voice, Alison has always appreciated music and various cultural expressions of rhythm and melody. Alison’s love for international music and dance was evident when she double-majored in Spanish and Middle East Studies in college. Learning both Hebrew and Arabic, her love for Middle Eastern languages, culture and music only increased after she spent a total of nearly four years living in and traveling to the Middle East, primarily in Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Turkey. Her formal study of Middle Eastern and Belly dance began in 2013, and since then she has studied with Caitlin Brozna and various teachers at Bella Diva Dance, as well as with Eva Cernik. Alison continues to expand her dancing styles and techniques, as well as to continue her research on the ancient history of the Middle East.
In addition to dance, Alison is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies & Judaic Studies at the University of Denver. Alison has been receiving international acclaim for her recently published work on the Dead Sea Scrolls, From Qumran to the Yahad: A New Paradigm of Textual Development for The Community Rule (EJ Brill, 2008). Alison received her PhD from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.