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Check Out Ali Pfleger’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ali Pfleger.

Hi Ali, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I started dancing at the age of nine and fell in love with it as soon as I stepped foot in the studio. I continued to dance competitively through high school while attending Orange County School of the Arts in the Commercial Dance Conservatory and apprenticing for a professional company in Los Angeles. I was later the youngest member to be inducted into the company at age 15. When I began touring and performing more regularly with the company and assisting on a well-renowned dance convention, I finished out high school online. During my year of assisting, I was given a lot of opportunity to choreograph and develop my voice as an artist – I developed a passion for teaching and choreographing. Once finished high school, I immediately jumped into teaching and choreographing locally and around the States. Now, I continue to teach and set work locally, nationally, and internationally – traveling almost weekly.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The idea of “respect” is a huge pillar in the dance community. Therefore, it was difficult to break into the educational side of the industry at such a young age and for my work to be respected amongst those I was working alongside, who are often 5-10 years older than I am. I am so thankful to have found many companies and individuals over the years who respect and value what I have to offer, regardless of my age.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a dancer, teacher, and choreographer specializing in contemporary dance. I have a unique style, movement quality, and ear for music that I believe sets my work apart and makes my work recognizable against other artists. Words that I would use to describe my choreographic style would be face-paced, intricate, rhythm-based, texturized, momentum-based, and grounded.

Do you any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
In complete honesty, my favorite childhood memories all revolve around dance – classes, competitions, conventions, showcases, recitals, intensives, workshops, etc. I didn’t feel like I fit in as a child until I was surrounded by other dancers/artists. I’ve never felt immense joy the way that I do when I move my body as a child and today.

Aside from dance, I grew up in a very active and outdoorsy family. Some of my other favorite memories include snowboarding, surfing, wakeboarding, and camping with my parents and extended family/family friends.

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Tyler and Alanna Dance Photography Delaney Finnegan Kristina Kae (Purjay)

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