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Ali was born and raised in Maui, Hawaii and is a current Dance MFA candidate at the University of California, Irvine. She graduated from Stanford University in 2011 with a BA in English and minor in Dance. She has trained during the summers with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, LINES Ballet, American Ballet Theater, and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Dance teachers she has studied extensively with include Kristine Elliott (ABT), Muriel Maffre (SFB), Diane Frank (Stanford), Glenn Edgerton (Director, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago), Summer Lee Rhatigan (Director, SFCD), Yvonne Mounsey of Westside Ballet, Colleen Neary (Director, LA Ballet), Jodie Gates (Joffrey/UCI), Tong Wang (UCI), Lisa Naugle (UCI), Diane Diefenderfer (UCI), and Virginia Holte (Maui Academy of Performing Arts).
At Stanford she had the opportunity to work with and perform choreographic works by several well known San Francisco based choreographers. She has worked with Robert Moses of Robert Moses Kin on his company repertoire and award winning piece This State of Annihilation, Amy Seiwert of Smuin Ballet and Imagery on a new contemporary ballet piece, and Quinn Wharton (HSDC) and Garen Scribner (NDT) on a contemporary work. She has also performed in Stanford faculty work by Diane Frank.
In her senior year she received a grant to partner with Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) to produce a multimedia dance performance/collaboration using motion tracking technologies and original music composition. Upon graduating she received the Louis Sudler Prize in the Performing and Creative Arts for her exceptional work in the field of Dance and the Award of Excellence from the Stanford Alumni Association for her leadership in the arts community.