Allison ShirBirds of the Great Salt Lake Westminster CollegeWestminster Dance Department’s Company
Allison Shir is a dance artist originally from the East Coast and currently based in Salt Lake City. Her choreographic research investigates the physical and emotional complexities and paradoxes of “states of in-betweens” and processes of transformation. Presently, Allison is a dance professor at Westminster College and director of the Westminster Dance Department’s Company. She has taught in numerous settings including the State Ballet School of Berlin (Berlin, Germany), Amsterdam Dance Center (Amsterdam, Holland), Studio B (Tel Aviv, Israel), the Regional Alternative Dance Festival (Kalamazoo, Michigan), ArchesSports (Chengdu, China), SaltDanceFest (SLC), the American College Dance Association Conference, the Ririe-Woodbury Pre-Professional Move-It Summer Intensive, the University of Utah, and with Minding Motion for Graceful Aging (SLC).
From 2008 – 2013, Allison lived in Holland and Israel where she co-founded, performed, and created for both the interdisciplinary performance group CorpComposition (Amsterdam/Den Haag) and the Ouroboros Dance Collective (Tel Aviv). She also was a performing member with the Israeli-based Aluminum Show on domestic and international tours. Allison relocated to Salt Lake City in 2013 to pursue her MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. During this time she had the privilege of dancing in pieces by Andrea Miller, Lesley Telford, and Stephen Koester, among others. Currently, she continues to create new work and perform in projects with And Artists, DanceBand BandDance, and as an independent artist. Her choreography has been shown in Holland, Germany, Cyprus, Israel, Japan, and the US.
Allison holds an MFA from the University of Utah and BFA from Florida State University. She is also a GYROTONIC® trainer and Stott Pilates instructor.