With award winning dancers, a state-of-the-art studio, and quality dance training led by an outstanding faculty, Edge Dance Company in Jenkintown has made a name for themselves as a leader in the Montgomery County dance community, even recently taking home the Happening List Win for favorite Dance Studio. A talented team of over a dozen professionally trained instructors provide Edge dancers with high standards of technique, style, creativity and performance. Taking training a step further, Edge Dance Company immerses dancers in the culture of each style of dance through dance performances and conventions, in order to truly instill a love of dance.
With a studio like Edge Dance in our own backyard, local dancers do not need to travel to Philadelphia and New York City to receive professional dance instruction. To celebrate the talent in our own back yard, we’re turning the spotlight on the instructors that lead Edge Dance Company’s award-winning programs and choreography.
First up, meet Alyson Pray:
Alyson Pray began dancing in Cherry Hill, NJ at the Bowman School of Dance. She continued her training at the Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet. In 1996, Alyson received a scholarship to attend the Kirov Academy in Washington, D.C. where she worked with Ludmila Morkovina and had the opportunity to tour with the Kirov Ballet. Alyson also participated in summer programs at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Boston Ballet. In 1999, Alyson became a member of the Sarasota Ballet of Florida and was promoted to Soloist in 2001. There her roles included Odette in “Swan Lake,” Sugar Plum Fairy in the “Nutcracker,” and Queen of the Dryads in “Don Quixote.” In 2004, Alyson joined the Pennsylvania Ballet where she performed several Balanchine ballets including “Theme and Variations,” “Concerto Borocco,” “Western Symphony,” and “Serenade.” In addition, Alyson danced Twyla Tharp’s “Push Comes to Shove”, Jerome Robbins’ “The Concert” and Paul Taylor’s “Company B.” Recently, Alyson guested with the Royal Ballet, Washington Ballet and Ballet Fleming and continues to perform locally from time to time. Alyson has been teaching ballet for fourteen years. She is a certified BarreAmped instructor and holds a Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine. In 2012, Alyson founded her own holistic practice, Align Healing LLC. Her and her husband welcomed their first child recently.