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 England. Alyson and her studio are heavily involved in charitable and community events and she is the recipient of two community service awards. She has been on the faculty for the University of Connecticut, The Hartford Conservatory of Dance and Music and Eastern Connecticut State University where she has taught courses in jazz, tap, theater movement, dance teaching methods and choreography. She is a teacher of teachers, holding master classes and teaching seminars for various colleges. Having won Grand Championship in Professional Dance Competition herself, she has also judged numerous dance competitions in Boston and New Orleans. Her students, as well as her choreography, have won numerous awards in national competition, and many of her students have gone on to pursue professional teaching and performance careers with artists and companies such as the Boston Ballet, Momix Dance Company, Nutmeg Ballet, Dance Connecticut and Michael Jackson, to name a few. Several of her graduates are employed as instructors by area dance studios. A “Teacher of Teacher’s” several area schools have sent their instructors to Alyson’s “Teacher Training Program”. Alyson teachers prospective dance instructors and studio owners in business and teaching methods at both the School of Hartford Ballet and The Hartford Conservatory.  She travels to area schools as a “Master Teacher” in Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop and Contemporary styles. In 1998, she founded Synergy Dance Company, which performed for celebrity audiences, such as Henry Winkler, Alec Baldwin, Florence Henderson, Danny Glover and the late Flip Wilson at the Connecticut Forum. Synergy has also performed for the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, nightclubs, Foxwoods, fashion shows, colleges, various school systems, art expos and has hosted numerous venues. Alyson has choreographed and produced an original Duke Ellington Jazz Nutcracker for the Hartford Conservatory for three years that is performed at St. Joseph’s College. This past year her students participated in the Niantic Light Parade where they won for “Best Dance Studio” as well as several charity and community events. Alyson and her husband Jack have two beautiful boys Jack Jr and Alexander.

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