Our mission at ASD is to bring quality dance training to students of all ages and abilities. Classes are taught with discipline and respect by qualified instructors. We at Alyson’s School of Dance realize that although not every dancer dreams of becoming a professional performer every student deserves to receive qualiy dance training . Cultivating a love for the performing arts in a child will bring many rewards … happiness, self confidence poise and a sense of accomplishment, not to mention the physical health benefits ! Dance is joy, dance is life and it is a gift to be shared from the heart! Join us at ASD where we have a passion for dance and it shows!


Our Instructors


Alyson Portelance-Ayer

Alyson began her dance training at the age of four and has performed extensively. She holds a BS degree from the University of Connecticut in Child and Family Counseling and received her Masters Degree from WesleyanUniversity in Dance and Liberal Arts. She has owned her own studio for twenty-five years and her students have performed throughoutNew…

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Mackenzie Sagun

Mackenzie Sagun – has been teaching with ASD for 6 years and has gone through our extensive teacher training program. Her students under her tutelage have won numerous awards in National and regional dance competition. Mackenzie was a National Award winning competitive dancer herself winning numerous scholarships and accolades as a soloist including a full scholarship to…


Rachel Pirie

Rachel Pirie, former student and longtime Instructor at Alyson’s School of Dance has formed a hip hop dance crew called ”Mobbinpretty” . They will compete in the “World Of Dance” hip hop competition in Boston for the third time November 11th at the Backbay Events Center with hip hop crews from around the world. Rachel…


Sara Jones

Sara Jones has dedicated the past twenty-three years of her life to dance. Starting at the age of four she trained at Studio 83 school of Dance. From the age of eight until the present she has trained at Alyson’s School of Dance in Uncasville.  In 2001, Sara graduated from the Hartford Conservatory with an Associate’s…


Shana Pirie

Shana began her dance training at ASD at the age of 3.  She has also trained in gymnastics, acrobatics, and tumbling at Dunne’s Gymnastics.  Shana has won countless awards in regional and national dance competitions.  She has trained extensively with Alyson Ayer and continues to perform with the ASD Company.  Shana graduated from Eastern Connecticut…


Victoria Manning

Victoria Manning is a company dancer with New England Ballet Theatre of Connecticut. Shegrew up in Plymouth, MA and trained with Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre in Cambridge, MA fromthe ages of 3-18. She attended summer intensive programs across the country and trainedwith Pennsylvania Ballet, Boston Ballet, Orlando Ballet and Washington Ballet, to name a few.After…