Allison Haley teaches dance and performs throughout Santa Cruz County and the Bay Area. One of her first loves, dance remains a huge part of her life thanks to the abundance of it offered in Santa Cruz. She teaches Brazilian Dance and Zumba, and feels passionate about sharing the empowerment, expression, community, and mind-body connection that dance provides.

For over 15 years Allison has focused on ethnic dance forms from Brazil, the Caribbean, Cuba, and West Africa. She has studied Samba and Afro-Brazilian dance intensively with Marsea Marquis, Dhanda DaHora, Rosangela Silvestre, Vera Passos, Alvaro Reys, Marcelo Chocolate and many more master teachers from Brazil. Other styles she has spent countless hours learning are Cuban Salsa, Calypso and Soca from Trinidad, Afro-Haitian, West African, Puerto Rican Bomba, Mexican Folkloric dance, Jamaican Dancehall, and Afrobeats.

Allison has a foundation as a ballerina, starting at the age of three and continuing through her high school years, where she performed on pointe with the Portsmouth School of Ballet. She also was involved in musical theater from Kindergarten through High School. Allison held many lead roles in broadway-style and ballet performances, and was in band and chorus during this time, as well.

This gallery includes a few of the performances she’s been honored to be a part of, some of which she helped produce and promote.

Performance History

  • Raizes do Brazil Drum Troupe: Opening for Pierre Onassis of Olodum 2019

  • Marsea Marquis Celebration of 30 years of Dance of Brazil, ‘So Danco Samba’ & ‘E Pra Valer’ 2019

  • Samba No Pé Performance at Raizes do Brazil Capoeria Studio, directed by Alvaro Reys 2017

  • Tracing Diasporas with Verra Pasos 2018, ‘Oxum’ & ‘So Danco Samba’

  • San Francisco Carnival Parade: Ginga Brazil / BrasArte 2018

  • Ebb & Flow Festival: ‘Oxum’ Afro Brazilian dance by Agua Doce Dance Company 2018

  • Ebb & Flow Festival: Samba Cruz Drum Troupe 2017

  • Santa Cruz National Dance Week: Performing with Dance of Brazil & Marsea Marquis
    2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

  • ‘Prime Movers’ Dance Retrospective: Samba Finale at Cabrillo College 2014

  • Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center: Ethnic Dance Festival: Dance of Brazil 2014

  • Derby Girls Halftime Show: ‘Tropicalismo Latin Dance & Samba’ 2014

  • ‘Oracle’ Afro-Brazilian Dance Show Directed by Rosangela Silvestre 2013

  • ‘Sambarét: Cabarét, Brazilian Style’ (Co-Producer & Performer) 2012

  • Musical Theater & Ballet (various lead and supporting roles): Oliver, The Wizard of Oz, Annie Get Your Gun, Tom Sawyer, Alice in Wonderland, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Cinderella, The Snow Queen, The Nutcracker Ballet, Fiddler on the Roof, Standing Room Only, Bye Bye Birdie