Directors

allison

Beginning her training in 2001 at the age of three, Allison Ackles is an award-winning choreographer and professional dancer based out of Anchorage, Alaska. She is an instructor of all dance styles, and has taught at numerous studios all across Alaska for years. Allison dances professionally with Pulse Dance Company the Anchorage Opera Association.

Allison has been a part of the competitive dance world since she was 14, either by competing herself, or choreographing pieces to be competed. In 2017, Allison’s choreographic works won a first place medal, three second place medals, and one third place medal at the Top of the World dance competition.

Her credits include over 45 shows with Anchorage Ballet and Dancers Workshop, Eugene Ballet Company and Oregon Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker,” Whitman College Summer Dance Lab Showcase, Anchorage Opera’s “Maria de Buenos Aires,” Anchorage Opera’s “Rigoletto.” Allison’s choreography has been featured all over Alaska in events like the NUVO Dance Competition, the Top of the World Dance Competition, the YWCA Woman of Achievement Awards, the YWCA Standing Together Against Racism campaign,  and in a Nomad Cinematics conceptual dance music video.

rach

After growing up surrounded by the world of music and arts, Rachael Reints began her dance training at age 9 after stumbling past a ballet class on her way to art lessons. Over the years, she has trained in many popular styles of dance including ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, tap, pointe work, and has recently taken up modern.

Rachael currently carries out her long-time passion of education as a full-time, highly sought-after dance instructor and choreographer in Palmer, Wasilla, Eagle River, and Anchorage, as well as dances professionally with Pulse Dance Company, where she is a 2017 featured soloist. Working to provide the opportunity of competing that was never available to her in her childhood years, Rachael now stays extremely active in the competitive dance space through choreography, competition-oriented private training across Alaska, and directing and coaching elite competition teams. Rachael’s competitive pieces have received multiple first place titles, mostly for her work in lyrical and contemporary categories.

Over the course of her career, Rachael has presented choreography on many stages across Alaska and has been blessed to choreograph for numerous prestigious events, including YWCA’s Women of Achievement Ceremony and YWCA’s Standing Together Against Racism campaign. She herself has gained performance experience through over a decade of shows at the Alaska Center for Performing Arts, as well as through her professional work with Pulse Dance Company.