photo by sally cohn

photo by sally cohn

Alison Manning
Executive Director, Co-Producer
AlisonManning@dancetheyard.org

Alison Manning is the Executive Director and Co-Producer of The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard, and has worked with the organization for eleven years to provide meaningful residency opportunities for national and international performing artists and bring the performing arts to the local Vineyard community.  She is founding Co-Artistic Director and Choreographer of DanceTheYard, The Yard’s year-round professional dance company with creative/choreographic partner and company Co-Artistic Director Jesse Keller.  Alison discovered her love of the Horton Techinique as a scholarship student at Jacob’s Pillow, working with the great Milton Myers, and has continued studying for the past 7 years with mentors Mr. Myers, Kristina Berger, Karen Gayle and other master Horton Teachers, and teaches the technique on Faculty at The Yard each summer, and as a guest teaching artist at NYU Steinhardt School, Wesleyan Univeristy, Peridance Capezio Center, and STEPS on Broadway.  In addition to teaching, Alison dances and performs with The Bang Group and has worked for The Peggy Spina Tap Company, Xodus Dance Collective, The Next Stage Project, Kindodance Company and Naomi Goldberg Haas’, Dances for a Variable Population.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Modern Dance and Minor in Art History.