Artistic Director | Choreographer
Ali McKeon is a former dancer with Menlowe Ballet in Menlo Park, California. Currently she resides in the Bay Area and is an independent choreographer and director for CRAFT dance series. During her summers, she returns home to Maui, Hawaii to dance with Adaptations Dance Theater for their annual Bring it Home summer season.
Her formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Dance from Stanford University (2011) and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of California, Irvine (2014). She has studied with master teachers such as Kristine Elliott, Diane Frank, Muriel Maffre, Tong Wang, Diane Diefenderfer, and Loretta Livingston and has danced works by Donald McKayle, Robert Moses, Greg Dawson, Amy Seiwert, Jodie Gates, Garen Scribner, Quinn Wharton, and Lisa Naugle. She has received awards in the academic and dance field including the Louis Sudler Prize in the Performing and Creative Arts, the UC Institute for Research in the Arts Grant, Stanford Award of Excellence, and the UC Irvine Graduate Fellowship.
In 2015, she founded the Ali McKeon Dance Project and its annual project CRAFT Dance Series. The project is an intensive, two-week experimental choreographic lab led by co-artistic directors Ali McKeon and Stefanie Maughan. The project's mission is to cultivate a collaborative, high-stakes, time-sensitive environment in order to produce works that are instinctive and raw; and at the same time cohesive, imaginative, grand. For more information about this project, please visit www.craftseries.org.
Along with her direction of CRAFT dance series and other professional contracts, she is an active member of the larger Bay Area community participating in various independent projects with filmmakers, fashion designers, and other choreographers. She has been invited as a guest lecturer and senior mentor at Stanford University and West Valley College and has set original works on the students at both institutions.