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Alison Hurley began taking ballet in, Toulouse, France, where she was born, continuing her ballet studies (R.A.D. method) with Barbara Gabriel, after moving to the U.S. She began studying jazz and contemporary dance with founding Savage Jazz Dance Company (SJDC) member, Zafra Miriam in 1992, and attended the 1993 and 1994 SJDC Summer Intensives. Ms. Hurley began training with Mr. Savage in 1994 and joined SJDC in 1995. She has taught ballet, jazz, and SJDC repertory at various dance studios, academies, and companies, including: SJDC Summer Intensives, Oakland School for the Arts (OSA), Oakland Ballet, and Peninsula Ballet Theatre. She worked for Ms. Karen Brown (former ballerina at Dance Theatre of Harlem and Assistant Professor of Dance at University of the Arts) and Donald McKayle as Rehearsal Mistress for OSA dancers performing in Mr. McKayle’s “Ella”. Ms. Hurley was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Individual Performance for SJDC’s 2006 Season at ODC Theater (SF). With SJDC, she has been honored to perform and tour nationally and internationally, and to work with choreographers Robert Moses, Marni Wood (Martha Graham Dance Company), Maia Siani, and Alex Sanchez (Broadway veteran).