Allison Gonzalez / by Alyssa Gunsolus

Allison Gonzalez has an extensive history in the ballet, which has taken her around the world performing, choreographing and teaching.  Ms. Gonzalez started her professional career with scholarships to Harkness Ballet and under Melissa Hayden in New York City. Ms. Gonzalez performed with Garden State Ballet, Ballet du Nord, Baltimore Ballet and New Orleans Ballet Ensemble to name a few.  Her repertoire includes works by George Balanchine, Peter Anastos, Jean Pierre Bonnefous, John Clifford, Hans Van Manen, Wayne Soulant and Alfonso Cata. She worked with Peter Anastos for many years dancing in numerous works such as Forgotten Memories, Nutcracker, Clair de Lune, Contradance and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Ms. Gonzalez was a principal dancer in the Emmy Award winning Ballet Ruse, choreographed by Anastos for a PBS television special.  She assisted Anastos for the National Tour of Chess and for the staging of Clair de Lune with Santa Fe Ballet.

In 1992 Gonzalez became Ballet Mistress and principal dancer to the New Orleans Ballet Ensemble under Wayne Soulant.  During this time she met W. Earle Smith and danced as his partner in Nutcracker and other guest performances.  In 1994, Ms. Gonzalez stepped up to become the Artistic Director for the New Orleans Ballet Ensemble.  She began to choreograph work for the company and to coordinate their educational residency programs. She has received awards for her choreography including A Streetcar Named Desire which was a part of the International Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans.

Allison is the owner of Purely Pilates, a certified Pilates instructor through the New York Pilates Studio and is a member of the Pilates Guild.