Alison Cook Beatty
Alison Cook-Beatty is from Milford, CT. She received her BFA from the Boston Conservatory of Music and was awarded the Ruth Sandholm Ambrose Scholarship Award. Ms. Cook-Beatty is the artistic director of Alison Cook Beatty Dance (formally ACB Dance Company), founded in 2012 and based in New York City. The company has performed throughout California, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C.
As the choreographer and artistic director of Alison Cook Beatty Dance, her work has been commissioned by such companies as Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Carolina Ballet Theater, the Joffrey Ballet School NYC, Opera Dolce, NYU, The Boston Conservatory, Fort Hamilton High School, and Ballet Next. In 2012 Ballet Next commissioned her work TINTINNABULI for its Joyce Theater season as well as performances at the 92nd Street Y and Kaatsban.
Ms. Cook-Beatty worked closely with Michele Wiles, Ballet Next artistic director, and Jason Reilly, Principal Dancer of the Stuttgart Ballet, during the creation of this dance. Ms. Cook-Beatty has been awarded the 2013 sjDANCEco Award for Artistic Merit & Best Choreography, the Caroline H. Newhouse Scholarship Award, a grant from the Putney School in Vermont, as well as grants from the Milford Fine Arts Council and the Arts Council of Greater New Haven in Connecticut.
As a dancer she has performed with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Taylor 2, and many other prominent choreographers and companies in NYC. She is currently on the faculty at the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC.
Please visit www.alisoncookbeatty.com to learn more.
Alison's Teaching Schedule
Class begins with a center warm up focusing on the use of the back and torso with use of spiral and contractions, initiated honestly from the use of ones breath. Class progresses with exploration work in guided improvisation exercises in center, traveling throughout the space, working within different levels, planes, and size. Use of different movement dynamics are emphasized. Class then transition's into set choreography driven from Ms. Cook-Beatty's own studies done in improvisational work and developed into phrase work and sweeping spacial patterns. The dancer will learn this developed material and repertoire of Alison Cook Beatty Dance and see the progression from improvisation exploration to choreography. Notebooks for the dancer are recommended and dancers are encouraged to hand write or sketch their thoughts down directly after class. This is a class for the curious artist.